Arab and Western music in rare fusion at Mall of the Emirates

As a part of its unique cultural programme for Ramadan, Mall of the Emirates has next lined up a nine-day performance by the UK-based King of Rai Abdelkader Saadoun and his group Takalid.

Saadoun, a native Algerian and a Rai superstar, combines the genre's traditional folk roots with more modern Western styles such as jazz, singing in French or English together with Arabic, in its authentic Algerian dialect.

Takalid is made up of musicians from different backgrounds using traditional instruments such as mandole, hadjoudj & North African percussion combined with European instruments including brass, keyboards, piano and bass guitar, viola and cello. He is a charismatic performer, able to enliven any audience with his infectious rhythms and dynamic stage personality.

Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Vice President, Mall of the Emirates, said: "Rai has evolved as a popular music genre in North Africa and the Arab world and continues to inspire today's generation. I am confident that our visitors from all backgrounds will really enjoy Abdelkader Saadoun's music and the energy that it will instil into the mall's ambience."

Visitors to Mall of the Emirates can catch the 20-minute performance starting Monday 22 September, three times daily at 9.45pm, 10.45pm and 11.30pm at the mall's Galleria.

Mall of the Emirates is presenting its Ramadan programme in association with Etisalat.

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