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Monday, 16 January 2012

Chaba Fadela & Cheb Sahraoui

Sorry I know I'm already being slightly unpunctual about updating this blog but I have some problems with the internet. I thought you'd like some more raï artists for this week, so I decided to do a post on Chaba Fadela & Cheb Sahraoui.

Chaba Fadela and Cheb Sahraoui were originally solo artists but they became a duet after they met in 1983. Their most famous song is N'sel Fik or Nsalfik (which means, you are mine), which was one of the first raï songs to become well known internationally. They are well known in their native country of Nigeria for being pop-raï artists. They were married for a few years but they divorced during the 1990s. They came to France shortly before the start of the 1990's so that they could have a European career and so there was a lot of attention on them during the "first world music wave", which began there. Nevertheless, they've never become famous on an international level because they were too reliant on their popularity in Algeria.

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