Rachid Taha

Rachid Taha
Rachid Taha.jpg
Taha in 2011
Background information
Native nameرشيد طه
Born(1958-09-18)18 September 1958
Sig or Oran, French Algeria
Died12 September 2018(2018-09-12) (aged 59)
Paris, France
GenresWorld music[1], rock[2] raï,[3] Algerian chaabi,[4] rumba-pop,[2] electronica, punk,[1] techno, dance[5]
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter[1][6]
Years active1980–2018
LabelsKnitting Factory, Island, www.rachidtahaofficial.com

Rachid Taha (Arabic: رشيد طهRashīd Ṭaha; 18 September 1958 – 12 September 2018) was an Algerian singer and activist[1][6] based in France[2] described as "sonically adventurous".[6] His music was influenced by many different styles including rock, electronic, punk and raï.

Early life

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.[7] This town was the "birthplace of raï" music, and 1958 was a key year in the Algerian struggle for independence against French authority.[7] He began listening to Algerian music in the 1960s,[4] including street-style music called chaabi.[4] Additionally, music from the Maghreb region was part of his upbringing.[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.[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.[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."[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.[11]

Other Languages
العربية: رشيد طه
български: Рашид Таха
català: Rachid Taha
čeština: Rachid Taha
Deutsch: Rachid Taha
Ελληνικά: Ρασίντ Ταχά
español: Rachid Taha
Esperanto: Rachid Taha
euskara: Rachid Taha
فارسی: رشید طاها
français: Rachid Taha
한국어: 라시드 타하
հայերեն: Ռաշիդ Թահա
italiano: Rachid Taha
Kreyòl ayisyen: Rachid Taha
magyar: Rachid Taha
مصرى: رشيد طه
Nederlands: Rachid Taha
polski: Rachid Taha
português: Rachid Taha
русский: Таха, Рашид
Simple English: Rachid Taha
svenska: Rachid Taha
Türkçe: Rachid Taha