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.