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RACHID AT THE BARBICAN, LONDON, 6TH APRIL 2007.
I've almost run out of words to describe a Rachid Taha concert (this is the eighth I've seen, here in the UK and in France) but the sell-out concert at the Barbican, London, 6th April was certainly the loudest yet!!! He roared his way through his familiar repetoire, from Voila Voila, Kelma, ShufShuf, Habina etc. (you know them all) and included three songs from Diwan 2 ~ Josephine, Ah Mon Amour and Ecoute Moi Camarade. His 14 strong playlist could be accused of being repetitive (especially if you've been to eight ~ but I'll go to see nine, ten...ad infinitum, untill I finally drop!) but his gigs are never boring. The audience were with him from the start and rose to their feet from the moment he appeared ~ a tone point he invited so many dancers from the audience onto the stage he and the band were lost in the melee. Additions to the stage band included a trumpet player, new lead and bass guitars and the qaraquba (double castanets). After Ah Mon Amour, Rachid left the stage and Hakim, solo on his mandolute, surprised all, singing with an impressive voice. Rachid returned, in red suit, with the legendary Mick Jones, for Ya Rayah, then what else but Rock The Casbah. And of course the concert finished with Garab.
Next gigs in the UK are Glastonbury and the Musicport World Music Festival at Whitby in Yorkshire.
Former posts on this concert: Barbican video's.