UK’s Most Requested Middle Eastern, Arabic Musicians, Rai & North African Ensemble
Taqaleed is a North African & Middle Eastern live band made in London specialising in Rai and Arabic Music. Consisting of musicians from North Africa, Middle East or Arabic descent, this is the most established, experienced and most energetic band of this genre in Europe. They also perform the Zaffa (wedding march and musical procession) for traditional Arabian influenced weddings.
The band also has its roots in Algeria, the birthplace of RAI. The ensemble consists of various traditional percussive instruments, mainly the darbuka, karkabou, bendir, mandola, and saz, fused with various western European instruments like the accordion, guitar, drum kit, bass and percussion. They perform music from the Middle East, the Arab World and North Africa, including countries like Tunisia.
RAI is originally folk music originating in Oran, Algeria, from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African, and Arabic musical forms, dating back to the 1930s.
Sting adopted RAI into one of his album’s in 2000; he used the bassline, the Arabic double harmonic scales for the mid string section, vocals and the percussion in his song Desert Rose featuring the worlds most famous Algerian RAI singer Cheb Mami.
Taqaleed has performed at various venues and festivals on the international stage and in London. The band is now based in Greenwich (South East London). Besides their live performances, they have been involved in studio work composing music for films and documentaries. Contact
RAI originates from traditional Algerian music (Chaabi, Kabil, and Chawia) and encompasses Pop, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Reggae, Fusion, and Blues. Based on strong, distinct rhythms, its dynamic and produces lots of danceable rhythms. It has become one of the most popular forms of live music in North Africa and the Middle Eastern Arab world. Its popularity has quickly spread to neighbouring countries: Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt, and it is trendy in the Gulf States. Since France has a large Magrebian population, RAI music is now part of the French culture.