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Rachid Taha, 'Zoom'

Rachid Taha, Zoom
Courtesy Wrasse Import

The 55-year-old French-Algerian singer’s sixth album brought along pals like Mick Jones of the Clash and Brian Eno to come up with a tough, culture-bridging album that mixes rai, rock & roll and even outlaw country into its vibrant rebel pop. The draw is the gritty, universal intensity in Taha’s Arabic singing — whether he’s covering Elvis with help from French vocalist Jeanne Added or driving home an anthem against forced marriage. 

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