Rai music is a popular genre of world music
from the Northern African country of Algeria.
Rai is pronounced "rye" or "rah-AY" and
translates as "opinion".
Rai sounds like pop music, sung in Arabic with
a clear Worldbeat influence.
Rai lyrics are blunt, describing pain and joy of
Rai musicians generally refer to themselves
as either cheb if they are young and playing
more modern styles of Rai, and
shikh/cheikh if they are older and playing
more traditional styles.
These titles are cultural definitions, and they
have both positive and negative relations
within the Algerian Islamic culture as a
Jeli Kora Players
Jeli musicians are responsible
generation after generation
to hold on to their traditions.
The art of the Kora is an
ancient one, and among
the Manding people of
Western Africa, the group of
people designated to carry
it on are called the Jeli
Music of Sahara Desert
Connected to American Music Blues, also
influenced by Reggae music
Uses traditional western instruments and
Also use traditional, simple, African
n’jurkle, a one-stringed West African lute
n'jarka, a one-stringed fiddle,
n'goni, a four-stringed lute.
Eventually Touré transferred to guitar.
• The music of Kenya is both diverse and inclusive.
People of the Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin,
Kamba, Kisii, Meru, Swahili, and Maasai cultures,
as well as hundreds of smaller tribes, make up the
• There's also a large international population, who
have migrated to Kenya over hundreds of years
to work in Nairobi, on coastal ports, or in mines.
This musical diversity gives Kenya a unique, and
really fun, musical landscape.
Guitar is most common instrument
Most lyrics are in Swahili or Lingala
Word Benga is used to describe other
instruments such as bass, percussion, and
DIDJERIDU- Instrument made of bamboo or hardened
tree wood- Hollowed out bore
Played similarly to a Tuba
BULLROARER- a slate of wood
Played by spinning above head
GUMLEAF- simply a leaf
Played by pressing leave against lips and both hands-
similar to a duck call
Clapsticks- Claves-struck at the same time together to
create a clap noise