I discover that Cheikha Rimitti (1923 – 2006), queen of Raï has died.
Arab music is a whole universe in itself, its connection to world music and world culture obvious from this map.
Here is an excellent piece by Farid El-Atrash 
My first foray on this blog in Arab music.
Our first exposure to Arab music in the Western world of the late 20th century was Ofra Haza‘s “Im Nin’Alu“ song, which was sampled by rap duo Eric B. & Rakim in their single “Paid In Full“(“this is a journey into sound”).