Listen/read: Cheikha Rabia: a destiny tied to the continuous reinvention of rai, by Lafawndah
This November, Le Guess Who? will feature a special performance by Cheikha Rabia, a renowned singer with over five decades of experience in reinventing rai music. Her performance will be a collaboration with Esraa Warda, a prolific dancer expert in traditional North African dance forms. Both artists hail from Algeria, but currently, Cheikha Rabia lives in Paris.
After having performed at Le Guess Who? in 2019, we asked Yasmine Dubois - also known as Lafawndah -, a singer, songwriter, producer and director to visit Cheikha Rabia at home in Paris. There, they talked about Rabia's background story, what rai means to her, and the refreshing opportunities that pure coincidence offer.
Words by Lafawndah
Audio by Cheri Percy (music recorded by Lafawndah during interview)
Photography by Alexia Fiasco; view the full photo series here