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Name: Rachid Taha  
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Date of Birth: 18th September 1958
Place of Birth: Oran, Algeria
Profession: Composer
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Rachid Taha when he received The French Victoire de La Musique Award for his Made in Medina album in 2000

Rachid Taha (born 1958 in Oran, Algeria) is an Algerian and French musician. His music is influenced by many different styles such as raï, techno, rock and punk. Based in Paris, France where he began his solo career after his beginnings as the leader of the French rock band "Carte de Séjour", he is the only rocker singing in Arabic. Politically-engaged, he has always stood up to defend democracy, tolerance and altruism against racism, communitarism and discrimination. Produced by his alter-ego Steve Hillage, he was given full recognition by his peers thanks to his album Tékitoi in 2004, and in 2005 he has performed with Robert Plant, Patti Smith, Brian Eno.

Taha moved from Algeria to Alsace, France, where his father had already emigrated, in 1968. In 1981, while living in Lyon, France, Taha met Mohammed and Moktar Amini. The two of them, Rachid, Djamel Dif and Eric Vaquer would later form the band Carte de séjour ("residence permit") and record their first maxi single Carte de Séjour in 1983. Their first LP Rhoromanie, came out in 1984. Their second and last LP entitled Deux et Demi was released in 1986 and included their famous and ironical cover of Douce France, originally sung by Charles Trenet. The band dissolved in 1989.

Sources: Rachid Taha Official Siteand Moreira, Paul(1987). Rock métis en France. Souffles


  • 1983 Carte de Séjour
  • 1984 Rhoromanie
  • 1986 Deux et demi (« Douce France »)
  • 1991 Barbès
  • 1993 Rachid Taha
  • 1995 Olé Olé
  • 1997 Carte Blanche
  • 1998 Dîwan
  • 1999 1,2,3 Soleils - live album with Khaled and Faudel
  • 2000 Made in Medina
  • 2001 Rachid Taha Live - live album
  • 2004 Tékitoi

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