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Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda Cosmic Raï at Tropicalia
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Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda Cosmic Raï at Tropicalia
Algerian Rai came to prominence in the late 80s and in the span of a couple of years, managed to grow from a lo-fi, cassette-only, genre to the overproduced mega-hits of the early 90s. The beautiful collaboration between Algerian Singer Sofiane Saidi and the lyonnais group Mazalda is a daring re-invention that looks back to the early history of Raï but seeks to meld a vintage approach with an adventurous edge.    
Sofianes singing possesses all the lyrical qualities of the best of Orans singers, while the arrangements rely both on a sense of groove and an audible joy in unexpected sonic detours.

While Sofiane was born near Oran and soaked in the roots raï culture as a teenager, he spent most of his adult years in France collaborating with more electronic minded outfits -  Acid Arab and Natacha Atlas among others.
Mazalda started out as an experimental outfit, with projects ranging from a street brass band to quirky sound installations. Both Mazalda and Sofiane held a fascination for early raï music which led to this collaboration and a true re-invention of a genre that, until then, had seemed to have lost the ability to reinvent itself.
Their debut album received a tremendous reception in Europe and in the Arab world and their live shows have taken them all over Europe as well as Turkey, Egypt, Algeria and a host of new places for 2020.

We couldnt imagine a better time for a European-Arabic musical success story.
The group will make their North American debut at Tropicalia on Jan 10 and at Globalfest, on January 12, 2020 in NYC.


2001 14th St NW
United States


Music > Global

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Multiflora Productions
On BPT Since: Apr 03, 2014
Multiflora Productions
(202) 629-4535

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