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Best Albums of 2006
22 Dec 2006 // 11:00 PM
At long last, the annual rite of passage, the "best of" list... Here's PopMatters picks for the best 60 records of 2006.
Globespotting: Best World Music of 2006
11 Dec 2006 // 2:01 PM
In a year of stylistic cross-pollinations, sounds from around the world come together on Michael Keefe's list of fun and fascinating albums.
Shocking the Casbah: The Maghrebi-Noir of Rachid Taha
1 Jul 2014 // 8:30 PM
A furious mix of hip-hop beats, Arabic primal screams and punk-rock guitars, Taha brilliantly battles against the ideologies of both Western and Arab traditions.
Arab Soul Rebels: Punk Among the Beurs of '80s Era France
15 Jan 2014 // 8:30 PM
French-Arab band Carte de Séjour made pop music history with their rousing blend of punk and raï in the early '80s. To date there are no successors in sight.
Rachid Taha: Bonjour
14 Jul 2010 // 4:00 PM
Rachid Taha, after two decades of doing little wrong, has finally made a pop misfire.
Rachid Taha: Rock El Casbah: The Best Of
1 Jul 2008 // 5:00 PM
Like Joe Strummer, Taha's gift is how he radiates -- that charisma, that persuasion, that force.