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Abdelkader Saadoun

Algerian born Abdelkader Saadoun is no stranger to the Arab and western music scene. With his clean cut image and spirited attitude to the sounds of the Maghreb, he brings with him a self-styled rhythm and beat that rings true to the tradition of Rai.  The only Rai outfit in the UK, his talents as a singer, song writer and band leader have manifested over the years in several albums, television appearances and concerts across the country. Having rubbed shoulders with top acts in Middle Eastern and western music and having just released his latest album, Saadia, Abdelkader Saadoun is set to take the UK music scene by storm.  Born in Khemis, Miliana, Algeria, the multi-talented Saadoun began his music career in his homeland. After living and performing for a while in Paris he came to Britain in the eighties and formed his first Rai band "Cheb Abdelkader". His current outfit, named after himself, "Abdelkader Saadoun", features six musicians on bass guitar, trombone, trumpet, drums, percussion and keyboards - all, one might add, home grown talent. Abdelkader often performs as a solo artist. His solo acts feature singing, performing with traditional guitars (Hajoudj & Mandol) North African percussions (Bendir, Derbouka, Karakeb and Djembe). Abdelkader has had many television appearances and performed live for major national radio stations including London GLR & the big time celebrations of the Millennium Eve BBC UK and World Service. Saadoun's most recent CD, entitled 'Saadia' in memory of his mother, showcases his fiery roughneck brand of rai extremely successfully. It's raw, rude, energetic and danceable. Basically, it's a London 'ting'!

(biog facts provided by artists or representative - correct as released for City Showcase February 2003)

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