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Cheb Kader

El Awama (LP)

Label: Elmir Records

Format: LP

Genre: Library/Soundtracks

Preorder: Releases November 18, 2022


Tip! *Limited edition of 500 copies. Includes french and english liner notes by Rabah Mezouane.* For its second release, Elmir once again puts 1980s pop-raï in the spotlight with the identical reissue of Cheb Kader's masterpiece: El Awama. Originally self-produced on cassette in 1986, this album was then released on vinyl by Michel Lévy, who was then Cheb Mami’s manager and producer. Back then, the album was not the hit it was expected to be, because a little too avant-garde for the time. But more than 35 years later, fans and collectors consider the few remaining copies as priceless. The raï of Cheb Kader is a subtle compromise between the melodies of Oranese suburbs, the electricity of Casablancan guitars and the roaring layers of reggae. The listener can only be fascinated by this "Awama" (witch) who burns in his heart and to whom he declares his love; they can only be carried away by his hypnotic Reggae-Raï. This record is a rejuvenating find that makes you fall in love with the raï of the beginnings all over again. 

Cat. number: MIR02
Year: 2022

Music & lyrics by Kouider Morabet
Originally released in 1986 by Michel Levy Productions

Remastered by Josh Stevenson at Otic Studio (Canada) 
Liner notes (en/fr) by Rabah Mezouane
English translation by Karolina kubik

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