Definition of rai in English:

rai

Syllabification: rai

noun

  • A style of music fusing Arabic and Algerian folk elements with Western rock.
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    • With unparalleled vocal skills and musical imagination, Khaled was the man who took Algerian rai music into the mainstream.
    • By the time of Hasni's death, rai music was a major front in the confrontation between Algerian Islamism and the secular forces it sought to overcome.
    • Satire, political cartoons, rai music, and a rich political slang in dialectical Arabic provide outlets for political sentiment.

Origin

1980s: perhaps from Arabic ha er-ray, literally 'that's the thinking, here is the view', a phrase frequently found in the songs.

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