Taha became a star, pioneering a new north African rock fusion style while also reviving and reworking classic Algerian songs. Duo jeanne added rachid taha. Rachid Taha, left, on stage in Marseille, France, with Fatoumata Diawara and Africa Express in 2013. "They looked interested," remembers Taha, "but when they didn't get in touch, I thought nothing of it. AWARDS: 2017 Global Music Awards Winner (Outstanding Achievement/ Silver Medal) for Single "Huriti" ft. Rachid Taha for Best Liberation … The song Barra Barra from his album Made in Medina was featured in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down as well as in the Games Convention 2008 trailer of the game Far Cry 2. The incident has since gone down in French rock legend. Své první sólové album nazvané Barbès vydal v roce 1990. “I’m more of a Rai Cooder – and I mix my influences, like Asian Dub Foundation.”. Animation studio based in LYON,France. V pozdějÅ¡ích letech vydal několik dalÅ¡ích alb a na některých z nich spolupracoval s … Rachid Taha (18. září 1958 Sig, Alžírsko – 12. září 2018 Paříž) byl alžírský zpěvák.Přestože se narodil v Alžírsku, již během tamní války o nezávislost se s rodiči přestěhoval do Francie. Par Lina S.  Le producteur du chanteur algérien décédé dun arrêt cardiaque Rachid Taha a révélé, dans un entretien au journal français Le Parisien, que lartiste de renommée mondiale souffrait secrètement dune maladie génétique handicapante. Died during the night of Tuesday 11th of September 2018 to Wednesday 12th of September in Les Lilas (Seine-Saint-Denis), his Parisian home, of a … [1] The group never achieved much commercial success and, as a result, Taha had to work a series of day jobs in a factory, then as a house painter, a dishwasher, and later as an encyclopedia salesman. His music was influenced by many different styles including rock, electronic, punk and raï The album featured traditional instruments like the oud but with a "contemporary veneer of programmed percussion and samples added in. [33][34] The album included a new recording of "Voilà, Voilà". [6] Taha had to cope with anti-Arab sentiment and confusion; for example, The New York Times stated in a front-page story that Taha was Egyptian rather than Algerian, but later posted a correction. shortened into T'es qui, toi ?) Read Full Biography. “Black and white – the same,” he announced. [32] Jones toured with Taha as part of the Zoom project. Rachid Taha Biography by Jon O'Brien + Follow Artist. [7] He began listening to Algerian music in the 1960s,[4] including street-style music called chaabi. "[29] Denselow felt the music was more "commercial" and "not his most exciting. Rachid Taha is Algeria's answer to Johnny Cash. In 1984, with the help of British guitarist Steve Hillage, the group achieved a "sharp, driving sound" which played well on the radio, and the LP was entitled Rhoromanie. They achieved national notoriety with their version of the patriotic Douce France (Sweet France), originally recorded by Charles Trenet in the 1940s. Catherine St. was a sea of clapping hands. He is survived by Véronique Pré, his longtime partner, and by their son, Lyes. [12] Taha's album Tékitoi, produced by Steve Hillage[8] and released in 2004, brought acclaim and recognition from other rock musicians. When he started talking about politics his approach was equally inclusive. [7] This town was the "birthplace of raï" music, and 1958 was a key year in the Algerian struggle for independence against French authority. Rachid Taha by Rose Gold Records from desktop or your mobile device. "[6], Taha suffered from Chiari malformation diagnosed in 1987. With a drum instrument called a doumbek or darbuka, his new group played Arabic-style beats. For several years he had suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy but he continued to work. – Montreal Gazette, 2007[8], In 2008 he performed with the band Dengue Fever. It was a wet, muddy evening but Taha was in fiery form, joining a cast that included Baaba Maal, K’naan and of course Albarn. His music is influenced by many different styles such as rock, electronic, punk and raï. This song appeared in the 2007 film about Clash frontman Joe Strummer entitled The Future Is Unwritten. [5], In 2001, Taha released Made in Medina, and a music critic commented that he used a "full and varied instrumental palette" along with "a dizzying vocal facility that transcends whatever style he's plugged. ", "Living with Music: A Playlist by David Rothenberg", "Trans Musicales de Rennes 2012 : 12 concerts à ne pas louper", "Rachid Taha/Souad Massi – review (Barbican, London)", "Rachid Taha – Now or Never feat. And New Orleans is like Algiers. Carte de Séjour were never a commercial success and Taha was forced to do a series of other jobs, including painting houses, washing up in a restaurant and selling encyclopedias door to door. [4], In 1993, Taha again worked with Hillage who helped produce his second solo album, the self-titled Rachid Taha and helped him achieve "the kind of clubland-raï synthesis". [25], In 2008, Taha was growing increasingly prominent, with greater audiences in places such as Canada, although there were reports that his music had "trouble getting airplay" in France. You could be a rebel and be in the biggest rock'n' roll band in the world! Rachid Taha. In some ways, they introduced us to the world. "[6] Valencia features the singing of Kirsty Hawkshaw. TARATATA N°450 - SPECIAL DUOS Andrew Strong, Charlie Winston, Claudia Tagbo, Jeanne Added, Patrice, Rachid Taha, Saule Taha’s musical approach and views made him a perfect member of Africa Express, the freewheeling project co-founded by Albarn that encourages African and western musicians to collaborate. They changed none of the lyrics but it was performed with a bitter irony that infuriated many listeners, and was banned from radio. It's a phonetic transliteration of the French "Te qui toi?" – Jody Rosen, 2005[6], These were difficult years since record stores often refused to stock their records "because they didn't want Arabs coming into their shops". [2][17] The band's second and last LP entitled Ramsa (Five) was released in 1986. A posthumous album, Je suis Africain, previously finished before his death, was released on September 20, 2019. Some of his later albums received more mixed reviews but he returned to form in 2013 with Zoom. In 1982, Taha was the lead vocalist for the Arab-language rock group which they named Carte de Sejour, meaning Green Card or Residence Permit depending on the translation. [4] Made in Medina combined Algerian roots, techno, pop music, and early rock and punk influences with "remarkable consistency" with previous works, according to Hillage. – report in The Guardian, 2007[14]. By night he was a club DJ for the local north African community, playing Arabic music along with funk, rap and salsa, and started writing poetry and political songs, also influenced, he said, by the Clash and Linton Kwesi Johnson. In Lyon he started his first band, Carte de Séjour (Residence Permit), who sang Arabic and punk-influenced songs that commented on “working conditions and the way that immigrants are treated”. [7] Originally raï music was based on "city slickers adapting music from the sticks" and was described as ribald, but it became more of a medium for political protest when young people in the 1960s and 1970s used it to "express their anger and desires. You might recall this song from Blackhawk Down’s superb soundtrack (it … [23] In 2007, Taha performed in Canada and a reporter from the Montreal Gazette described his performance while wearing a "pewter pimp suit" which was "stunning":[8], Rachid Taha did not disappoint. Rachid Taha Best Albums of 2013: Part 4. The duo's first collaboration was Rachid Taha (1993). But given there is always a subtext to Taha's music, the girls in the casbah danced to the blocked trumpet. [1][4] At one point he was invited to Los Angeles to record with musician Don Was, who had been a producer associated with the Rolling Stones. Cheba Louisa (Bande Originale du Film) | Rachid Taha to stream in hi-fi, or to download in True CD Quality on Qobuz.com Rachid Taha lui avait fait part de son refus de rendre public son handicap pour ne pa… Some fans tried to get an Algerian flag waving and abandoned it to dance. [39][40], His song Ya Rayah from His album Carte Blanche (Rachid Taha album) was used in the movie Something New (film) (2006) [2], Some critics attribute Taha's unique sound to his use of the mandolute, a mixture of the traditional oud with European fretted instruments. ... Rachid Taha. His 1995 album Olé Olé included songs co-written with Hillage, and in 1999 he released Diwan, a selection of cover songs from Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, with backing provided by traditional instruments such as the oud but with Hillage adding guitar and programming. (from the French Tu es qui, toi ? Algerian-born singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at home in Paris aged 59, his family said. He cackles mischievously. French music critic Amobe Mevegue described Taha as an "eclectic artist". [14][20][21] The Guardian selected "Rock El Casbah" as one of the top 50 cover songs. I'm stumbling because I'm losing my balance. The band dissolved in 1989. Rachid Taha Biography by Jon O'Brien + Follow Artist. "[6], Taha was not fond of contemporary French cinema and said "I'd much rather watch some dumb Hollywood movie than another haute bourgeois auteurist piece of crap. Rachid Taha discography and songs: Music profile for Rachid Taha, born 18 September 1958. "[6], Taha's blend of anger and angst has been distilled into a set of songs that match crunching guitar chords, simple riffs and angry lyrics (in French and Arabic) with subtle, wailing flourishes of North African embellishment. This is Barra Barra, which means Outside, outside. Zenéjére sok stílus is hatással volt, többek között a rai, a techno, a rock és a punk is. Genres: Raï, Pop Raï, Pop Rock. Rachid Taha & Catherine Ringer – « Ya Rayah » Victoires … A person who liked to party throughout the night,[6] he also had a cosmopolitan group of friends. It was, said Rachid, the first north African concert to be given serious coverage in the French media. The lyrics ricochet back and forth between French and Arabic, and we remember that Räi began in the city of Oran, whose windows are supposed to face away from the sea to gaze only on the desert sand. He was at his peak at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002, where he came on dressed in black, a thin, scruffy figure with tousled hair who sang hunched over the microphone and then fell to his knees. Taha was best experienced live. 2009 Carte Blanche. His 1991 album Barbès was produced by Don Was, who had worked with the Rolling Stones, but it was not a success. 1968-tól Franciaországban élt. The event led to a live double album, again produced by Hillage. Joe Strummer had nothing to do with that terrible punk cynicism. [24] He was described as a ""wild Algerian punk fan" performing among a lineup which read like a "Who's Who of West African music", and was part of "Africa Express", a response to the lack of African musicians at Bob Geldof's Live 8 musical extravaganza. It was also clear that they loved music. Taha believed his early recordings helped to inspire The Clash to create the song "Rock the Casbah". It is an interesting, though embryonic, first solo effort and it produced the first of his hits, the anthemic anti-racism gem Voila Voila. [11], In the 1980s, Algeria's indigenous pop music known as raï began to achieve international attention. In 2009, Taha released Bonjour which The Guardian music critic Robin Denselow described as "calmed down" under a new producer, Gaëtan Roussel. Download and listen free MP3 songs and music of Rachid Taha. 17, 2010 Best New Music. Profile: Born 18th of September 1958 in Saint-Denis-du-Sig (today Sig), near Oran, Algeria. In 2010, Taha played in Toronto, Canada to large audiences. Jeanne Added (Official video clip)", "Eclectic International Soundtrack Backs 'Charlie, "Blood and Chocolate - Songs and soundtrack music from the film", "Rachid Taha souffrait de la maladie d'Arnold Chiari : Courage et dignité | El Watan", Read an album review of Diwân 2 at Allaboutjazz.com, Rachid Taha song appears on Saturday Night Live, ArabMp3.Site, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rachid_Taha&oldid=994633126, Articles with French-language sources (fr), Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. "Maybe they did hear it after all." Taha was born in Sig (Mascara … The family followed him to France, where at the age of 17 Rachid worked in a central heating plant outside Lyon, which he hated. ... Taha leaned into his cheerfully louche street persona. [22], Taha played in Morocco in 2006. [4] Aged 17, Taha worked during the day at a central heating plant, described as a "menial job",[7] and hated this work, but at night worked as a club DJ playing Arabic music, rap, salsa, funk and "anything else that took his fancy. In September 1998 he appeared alongside the rai stars Khaled and Faudel for the rai spectacular 1, 2, 3 Soleils, in which they were backed by a full orchestra flown in from Egypt before a capacity audience at the Bercy Stadium in Paris. No listener to the recording can doubt that it is both, or that in Mr. Taha, a rumpled North African with a buzz saw voice, the Clash has an unlikely heir. I think that's what gave French musicians the confidence to do the same with whatever music they were into. [26] He performed with Nigerian artists Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti in Lagos at a "Felabration" of the music of their late father Fela Kuti,[27] as well as with Brian Eno in an anti-war concert in London.[28]. [8] He covered The Clash song "Rock the Casbah" which he retitled with the Arabic name of "Rock El Casbah". The title track is "street slang" meaning, roughly, Who the Hell Are You? He appeared alongside Damon Albarn at many Africa Express events, and Albarn described him as “a beautiful person, very naughty, impish and with bright eyes and generous with his time. Rachid Taha ‎– Bonjour Label: Knitting Factory Records ‎– KFR-1102P, Barclay ‎– KFR-1102P, Universal Music France ‎– KFR-1102P He performed songs from Diwan, “to pay homage to my culture”, and then discussed David Bowie and T Rex. Twenty years after re-inventing himself as a solo artist combining rock, electronic dance music, and popular music forms of the Maghreb, and five or six years after splitting from his longtime musical collaborator and most of his band, Taha … [18] In 2005 Taha performed with Robert Plant, Patti Smith and Brian Eno. Some fans tried to get an algerian flag waving and abandoned it to dance. Rachid Taha is an Algerian musician whose work was made famous to US audiences after an introduction by Hans Zimmer. ه) is an Algerian singer and activist based in France who has been described as "sonically adventurous." Photograph: Stephen Budd. I just loved him and always enjoyed performing with him.”. In 2013 Taha released the Zoom album, which was produced by guitarist Justin Adams and featured guests Mick Jones and Brian Eno;. [4] They recorded their first maxi album Carte De Séjour in 1983. I'm wavering. Listen to Rachid Taha's music in free streaming. Then Taha fell on his ass. [4], Taha's breakthrough album as a solo artist was his bestseller[4] Diwân, featuring remakes of songs from Algerian and Arab traditions. [6] His music was influenced by many different styles including rock, electronic, punk and raï. Then, a few months later, I heard Rock the Casbah." [9] His father was a textile factory worker,[10] with long hours and low pay, such that his life was compared to that of a "modern slave", according to one account. ه‎) (18 September 1958 – 12 September 2018) was an Algerian singer-songwriter and activist. His latest ventures have involved a multicultural approach to dance music that liberally dips from traditional and progressive. "[4] Taha mixed the oud with strings using a contemporary beat along with guitar work, according to one account. Taha was born in 1958[1][7] in Sig (Mascara Province), Algeria,[1] although a second source suggests he was born in the Algerian seacoast city of Oran. In 2016 Taha received a Victoire de la Musique lifetime achievement award – the French equivalent of a Grammy or Brit award. Born in Sig, Algeria—the birthplace of Rai, Rachid Taha was in a way destined to make his mark in the genre. Music scored by Rachid Taha and Nabil drums percussions luth, bender. Toutes les vidéos de TARATATA N°450 - SPECIAL DUOS. After the death of Rachid Taha, the song re-entered the French Singles Chart reaching … When performing live, Taha wore various outfits, including at one point a leather fedora hat, then later a red cowboy hat. Born 18 September 1958; died 12 September 2018, aged 59. "[29] It included a "rousing tribute" on his cover song Rock El Casbah to the late Clash guitarist Joe Strummer. Elektronikou a hip hopem přispějí do programu tuzemÅ¡tí WWW v neobvyklém složení s bubeníkem Pavlem Fajtem.. Pořadatelé festivalu před … Read Full Biography. "[4], In the late 1970s, Taha founded the nightclub called The Rejects or, in French, Les Refoulés, where he would spin mashups of Arabic pop classics over Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley and Kraftwerk backbeats. – romance", "Paris calling: Rachid Taha was just one of the musicians inspired by the Clash's visit to Paris in 1981. Taha … Rachid Taha performing at the Rio Loco festival in Toulouse, France, 2009. Rachid Taha (18. syyskuuta 1958 Oran, Ranskan Algeria – 12. syyskuuta 2018 Pariisi) oli algerialais-ranskalainen muusikko. Alifie from mars recommended for you. [2] It appeared at one point that Taha might become an "overnight success", but after the release of the album Barbès, sales were disappointing in the United States, possibly because Americans were not keen on Arabic-sounding music during the time of the first Gulf War. "[8] He wanted to record in New Orleans "because I see parallels between African and American music, and between the music of the African slaves who came to New Orleans, and that of the Gnawas, the black desert tribes who became slaves of the Arabs in North Africa. Taha gave them a copy of a demo tape by his band, Carte de Séjour (Residence Permit), an outfit from Lyon who combined Algerian raï with funk and punk rock. It was also featured in the 2007 film The Hunting Party. "I'm tired of people thinking I'm a drunk on stage. It generates a disruption in the body. It's somewhat ironic that the title of Rachid Taha's fourth solo studio album is a question. [7] He sang in both English and Arabic, but usually in Arabic. In 1989, Taha moved to Paris to launch his solo career. Albums include Black Hawk Down, Musique de France, and Made in Medina. "[7] The album was recorded in Paris, New Orleans, and London with input from the American jam band Galactic. [7] Hillage worked on three solo Taha albums from 1993 to 2001, helping Taha return to his "north African roots". [7] In his songwriting, Taha wrote about living in exile and the cultural strife associated with being an Algerian immigrant in France. ه‎ RashÄ«d Ṭaha; 18 September 1958 – 12 September 2018) was an Algerian singer and activist[1][6] based in France[2] described as "sonically adventurous". Executive producer Rene Laloux (Gandahar, La planette sauvage with Rolland Topor) film collective with Domenico Spano (Dir-animation-Camera operator), Eric Didier (animation-Camera operator), Jerome Fournier Lanzoni (Lay-Out,Background-Camera operator), Salim Torobaly (Background-Camera operator), Frederic Saurel (animator-Camera operator),Marie-Claire Besancon (production-admin-logistic), Daniel Violet(production-accountant). "[6] He was a critic of the Bush administration although he made comments favoring a bombing raid on Iran, and said that "Iran shouldn't be allowed to have nukes. His career was based in Paris.He was described as "sonically adventurous". Přijedou punkoví The Damned, alžírský ethno rocker Rachid Taha a potomek reggae legendy Boba Marleyho Julian. Mick Jones", "ARTS, BRIEFLY; Summerstage Fills Its Lineup", "Jean Leclerc, Malajube, Rachid Taha. Hänen musiikissaan oli vaikutteita raïsta, teknosta, rockista ja punkista Elämä. [4] Taha mixed a variety of instruments and styles for his sound. Skip navigation sign in. When Rachid was 10 his father moved to France looking for work and, according to Rachid, “ended up in a textile factory, like a modern slave”. In 2003, Taha performed it as a duo with Enrico Macias at the Olympia in Paris. His muisic is influencit bi mony different styles such as rock, electronic, punk an raï In a similar vein much later in his career taha took on an elvis staple in a 2013 version of now or never sung with french vocalist jeanne added. One critic described his arrangements as "no less bombastic" since they mixed North African rhythms and "string orchestra flourishes" with "pummeling big-beat techno, distorted electric guitars, snatches of Bo Diddley, Led Zeppelin and other macho sounds. By the time of Mogador '81 they weren't just a rock'n'roll band, they were doing hip-hop, reggae, ska, country and western, disco, but making it sound their own. Sound track sounds effects recorded at studio La Fabrique,(St Laurent-Le-Minier)/ Canal+/Revcom/France2/1987. [4] Taha took a standard patriotic French song entitled "Sweet France" (in French: Douce France) which had originally been recorded by Charles Trenet in the 1940s, kept the lyrics, but sang it with "furious irony" which irritated many French listeners, particularly coming from a "scruffy, bohemian-looking Arabic singer", to the point where Taha's version was banned from French radio. Last modified on Fri 14 Sep 2018 11.55 BST. [6] A New York Times music reporter wrote of Taha's cover version of the Clash's hit song probably influenced by his earlier work: Is "Rock El Casbah", with its images of sheiks gusting through the desert in Cadillacs and cracking down on 'degenerate' disco dancers, an indictment of the oil-choked, religiously fanatical Arab world, or a wry comment on the West's cartoonish vision of the region? While these are the symptoms of Arnold Chiari disease. ... Know their music? [4] There were elements of political protest in his music leading a BBC critic to describe him as a "shit-disturbing artist who risks challenging his own culture as undemocratic. [15] Later, in 2007, Taha-as-an-immigrant was mentioned in France's National Center of the History of Immigration.[16]. "[7] Taha suggested that Algerian musical styles and rock are "closely linked". [44] He is survived by his longtime partner Véronique Pré and their son, Lyes.[45]. Astonishingly, Rachid Taha continues to produce high-quality, interesting, engaging albums. ه) (Orán, 1958. szeptember 18. – Párizs, Franciaország, 2018. szeptember 12.) He went on to play at many other Africa Express events and Albarn said that Taha “was at the heart of what we did”. [4] In recent years, Taha toured nations including the United States[1] and Dubai. Chas Hodges, the session musician who became one half of the cockney duo Chas and Dave and had hits like Gertcha and Rabbit. This is the business.” A former member of those psychedelic rockers and hippy heroes Gong, Hillage would go on to produce the majority of Taha’s solo albums, starting with Rachid Taha (1993), which included north African and European influences and included the anti-racism anthem Voilà Voilà, popular with English DJs. [8], He moved with his parents to France when he was ten years old, settling in an immigrant community around the French city of Lyon[1] in 1968. [31] Taha's song "Habina" was featured in the 2010 film, It's Kind of a Funny Story. [19] The song suggested rock music as "banned but unstoppable". Rachid Taha is a French/Algerian worldbeat artist and former DJ who has become a superstar in Arab nations and beyond with his take on the popular rai music styles. [35] Taha also recorded "Now or Never" (words and music by Aaron Schroeder / Wally Gold and previously recorded by Elvis Presley), which features Jeanne Added singing in English.[36]. This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 18:53. Rachid Taha: Bonjour (en duo avec Gaetan Roussel) Jun. [4] There was little money; the band performed in suburbs of Lyon. Rachid Taha by Rose Gold Records published on 2016-07-03T02:24:16Z. Algerian-born singer and songwriter who combines punk rock vitality with traditional rai and chaabi influences. -- "Who Are You?" In 1997, his song "Ya Rayah" became a hit. In 1981, while living in Lyon, Taha met Mohammed and Mokhtar Amini and the three of them, along with Djamel Dif and Eric Vaquer would soon form a band. – Rachid Taha, in The Guardian, 2007[14], Taha met members of the group The Clash in Paris:[6], It was September 1981, and Taha bumped into all four members of the band just before they were due to play at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris. [46], Use of Taha's songs in movies and computer games, "Africa's shining music stars: Rashed TAHA", "Running with the Rebels: Politics, Identity, and Sexual Narrative in Algerian Rai", "Nuclear fusion: Rashed Taha mixes rock and techno with Algerian street music – and the results are so good, he's already been banned from French radio", "MUSIC; Shock the Casbah, Rock the French (And Vice Versa)", "Arab rocker Rachid Taha's music fueled by politics, punk attitude and – what else? – Dwight Garner, The New York Times, 2008[28], Taha was described as "gregarious" and "quick with a smile." and the music had "echoes of Joe Strummer", according to a review in The Observer. Taha brought the crowd down and then back up for coute-moi camarade, an irresistible bounce about female treachery from the Diwan 2 album. Trutnov - Festival Open Air Trutnov doplňuje line up o dalÅ¡í tři zvučná jména. – Robin Denselow, The Guardian, 2007[12], The thrumming beat in this 21st century Räi piece is ancient and high-tech, showing how gripping a single drum can be, even when we cannot tell whether it is living or looped. January 11, 2014 August 30, 2014 / dongarito / Leave a comment. He was delighted to find that some of the local Louisiana Zydeco drum patterns are remarkably similar to raï. John Lewis explores the band's enduring influence in France", "Ready or Not, France Opens Museum on Immigration", "Rachid Taha – "Rock El Casbah" feat. It's a kind of conformism. He was there at the first, now legendary, Africa Express show, an unannounced five-hour spectacular at the Park Stage at the 2007 Glastonbury festival. 2008 Diwan 2 … Born in Sig, near Oran, on Algeria’s north-west coast, the son of Aicha Djahel and Ali Taha, he grew up listening to Algerian music. ه) (born 18 September 1958 in Sig, Algerie; deed 12 September 2018 in Paris) wis an Algerie sangster an activist based in Fraunce who haes been describit as "sonically adventurous." 2013 Bonjour. Taha was born on Algeria's north-west coast in 1958 and moved with his family to Lyon aged 10. Rachid Taha, who has died of a heart attack aged 59, shook up the global music scene with his inventive and fiery fusion of Algerian styles and rock, techno and punk. • Rachid Taha, singer and songwriter, born 18 September 1958; died 12 September 2018, Singer and songwriter who pioneered a fiery fusion of north African musical styles with rock, techno and punk. By 1990, the artist released a version of Dahmene El Harrachi’s song Ya Rayah that wound up putting him at the top of the music charts—forever solidifying his position in the music scene. In 1985-1987 "Eli Al Kor” an oriental tale and first animated project made for film production-OZO-films. [4] A report in The Guardian suggested that Taha had achieved a cult status in pop music.