So, I went to Rachid Taha's concert with my sister and a good friend of ours (Thank you Mina for the ride :) ) Well, I must admit I hardly understood what he was singing or even saying, but I enjoyed the mood so much, the beat and the people dancing, singing and screaming. I know that if I had bought his last album I would've enjoyed it more, I know I enjoyed a lot singing along the songs I have on the album "Diwan"
Apart from the concert which I wouldn't go describing now, I just wanted to comment on a couple of things..
There was a group of Algerian youth in front of us, they were so excited and they started singing even before Rachid came on stage, I was told that one of these guys is a Raï singer who performs with a group in Sakkia, may be.. Anyway.. right after the concert started, they were popping up the Algerian flag, and they kept holding it and waving all along during the concert, I can't hide that I felt jealous, me too I wished I had the Egyptian flag, may be some day I'll be in some foreign place attending a Mohamed Mounir concert.. I hope I won't forget to bring my flag then.
Apart form the flag and that our friend Mina was so nice to give us a ride back home (even though he lives in the other end of Cairo) I wanted to share with you what Rachid's music means to me. This man sings a combination of rock, raï and chaabi music and God knows what else.. He sings a lot of politic issues, he has a wide audience and I don't get most of what he says but I still love him! You see it started when I was in my third year in faculty and "Abdel Kader" and the "1,2,3, soleil" concert were a blast then.. Every term, I had a theme song or a singer I'd listen to all the time, thus marking the episode unintentionally! I passed through a Celine Dion phase first year, second year, it was Aqua and the Titanic movie soundtrack, third year: Nana "let it rain, in my brain, make the pain go away!" and then Abdel Kader and Rachid's album "Diwan"
I guess studying all that amount was painful and lots of musicians helped ease that pain, thank you!
I forgot to tell you.. all that music listening while studying was usually because I'm a night creature, I work (and concentrate) best in the early morning hours !
Delingo, you must remember: "Abdel Kader ya bou 3alam, dak el 7al 3aleya, dawy 7ali ya bou 3alam, sidi rouf 3aleya!" those were some days!