Rachid Taha (Arabic: رشيد طه Rashīd Ṭaha; 18 September 1958 – 12 September 2018) was an Algerian singer and activist based in France described as "sonically adventurous." His music was influenced by many different styles such as rock, electronic, punk and raï. Taha was influenced by the North African raï band Nass El Ghiwane which has been described as "Morocco's answer to the Beatles or the Stones". He founded the band Carte de Séjour in 1980 and went solo after the disbandment of the group in 1990. Taha was regarded as the major singers of raï.
Links to Peel
Peel often played raï music on his shows and played Taha's group Carte de Sejour, in the early 80's. In the 90's, Peel played several tracks from the singer's solo career.
- 26 May 1995: Voila Voila [Lionrock Orchestra Dub] (3xLP - Going Global Series Voila!) Barclay
- 21 April 1996: Kelma (album - Olé, Olé) Barclay
- 18 May 1996: Kelma (album - Olé, Olé) Barclay
- 25 May 1996 (BFBS): 'Kelma (CD-Olé, Olé)' (Barclay)