Rachid Taha is an important musician on the international rock scene beginning in the early 1980s. Rachid Taha was born in 1958 in Oran, Algeria. His music is influenced by many different styles such as Raï, techno, rock and punk. Taha is based in Paris, France where he began his solo career after his beginnings as the leader of the French rock band “Carte de Séjour”. Politically engaged, he has always stood up to defend democracy, tolerance and altruism and against racism, fascism and discrimination. Taha created a new, groundbreaking style of music-worldbeat-that mixed punk, Rai, traditional North African and Middle Eastern music, jazz and rock. Video after the jump.

Antonino D’Ambrosio is the author the upcoming "A Heartbeat and A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears” (Basic/Nation Books, 2009) and "Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer” (Avalon Press). A feature documentary film based on "Let Fury Have the Hour,” executive produced by Tim Robbins and directed by D’Ambrosio, is currently in production. His latest short film "No Free Lunch” stars comedian Lewis Black. More from this author →