Cheb Hasni was just coming into his own when he was assassinated by fundamentalists in 1994, but he already had a distinctive style, as heard here. It's a slow burn approach that might be equivalent to lovers 'rock (lovers 'rai?), a tendency to lean back on the beat and watch as the melody glides by, as if it were a girl he was thinking of sidling up to. Since his death his reputation has grown as an artist cut down in his prime, with a strong body of work already available and the promise of more to come.
By Chris Nickson on 10.11.06 in Reviews
The face of the new rai was — and still is — Khaled, formerly Cheb Khaled. (Cheb means "young" or "kid" and was taken on by most of the street singers as a slap at the old guard, all the C...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...