Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
comes from Khemis Miliana in Algeria, a few miles away from Wahran, the birth place of RAI. He started to play RAI music
in his home country, accompanied by an accordion, guitar,
kit drum, bass and percussion. An accomplished singer and
musician, he led a band, which performed at many venues and
RAI originates from traditional Algerian music (Chaabi,
Kabil, and Chawia, pop...) and also encompasses Jazz,
Flamenco, Funk, Rock, Reggae, Fusion, and Blues. Based on
strong rhythms, it is a very dynamic and danceable music.
It has become the most popular music in North Africa and
the Arab world; the music of todayıs generation. Its
popularity has quickly spread to neighbouring countries:
Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt and is now very popular in the
Gulf States. Since France has a large Magrebian population,
RAI music is now part of the French culture.
In 1988 SAADOUN moved to the UK and in 1994 he formed a
second Rai band in London.
SAADOUN's current outfit is made up of nine musicians from
deferent background using traditional instruments such as
Mandole, Hadjoudj, Flamenco Guitar & North African
percussion combined with European instruments including
Brass, Keyboard, Piano and Bass guitar, Viola, Banjo, Cello,
Drums and Electric Guitars. He is a charismatic performer,
able to enliven any audience with his infectious rhythms and
dynamic stage personality.
Abdelkader has performed at major festivals within the UK,
including the Womad main stage, Queen Elizebeth Hall, Royal
Festival Hall, Trafalgar Square,
The National Theatre open air Festival, the Barbicanıs
Mediterranean music festival & many outdoor events,
theatres, clubs, Museums & arts centres,
World Peace Music Awards in Bali & Thassos- Greece and also
being involve composing music for Other Projects.
Abdelkader has performed for Her Majesty The Queen, Prince
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and
The Amir Of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, her
Majesty Prince And Princes Darenberg of Austria.