"Algerian Jewish master of Pianoriental Maurice El Medioni will turn 86 this year and his unique and innovative piano style, his indomitable spirit and the turbulent panorama of his long career in Algerian chaabi and rai music has followed a similar trajectory. The music should have stopped or at least petered out several times for personal, political and historic reasons. But instead he has become a revered and iconic figure in World Music . In fact its difficult to imagine a time when his sound wasn't one of the primary colours of World Music , though in fact even 20 years ago he was largely a forgotten and unknown figure." Max Reinhardt

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