On this his 8th studio album Rachid Taha’s Bonjour is no ordinary greeting. It is not the standard “bonjour” uttered reflexively in the street or on the telephone, but a more generous one reflecting Rachid’s nature. Rachid has been offering to get acquainted for nearly 30 years now. For all that time, his music has been saying “bonjour”, “bongiorno”, “hola”, “hello”, “as salaamu alaikum” and “guten tag”, greeting others with tireless, friendly enthusiasm. Already on the Made In Medina album in 2000, he sang “Come on over!”(Garab). On this record recorded in Paris and New York, he continues with “Come here” (Agi), “Hi” (Sélu) and above all “I love you” (Mon Amour – My Love). After asking “Where are you going?” (Ya Rayah), he adds “Where are you from?” (Mine Jaï), not out of any suspicion, but because he sees in other people that part of himself where shared dreams and desires are reflected.
Since the 80s, Rachid has been consolidating his musical world on the basis of the exchange, movement and circulation of people, ideas, cultures and sounds. From rai to rock and electro to song, his landscape has continued to broaden. Now, on this new album, it forms an expanding, increasingly fertile, fresh-flowing confluent where he invites his listeners to take part in unforgettable festivities. This structured, appealing, open attitude has won him international recognition. Damon Albarn invited him to join his Africa Express project, ex-Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has cited him as an example and he is admired by U2 and Coldplay producer Brian Eno, who is now a friend (the two have given concerts in St. Petersburg and Sydney). Over the last few years, singer without borders Rachid Taha has appeared in Russia, Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Vietnam and Mexico, not to mention his native Algeria, adoptive country France, and the United States, land of influences, where he recorded this new album.
- Je T’aime Mon Amour
- Ha Baby
- Bonjour (with Gaetan Roussel)
- Mine Jai
- Mabrouk Aalik
- Ila Lika
- It’s an Arabian Song (with Bruno Maman)
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Released July 26, 2009.