This seven-piece Algerian band mashes up local gnawa and diwan music and instruments, reggae’s thrumming pulse and rock’s recurring licks. Democratoz hails from Oran, the cosmopolitan city on Algeria’s Mediterranean coast known as the cradle of North Africa’s best-known sound, rai (“opinion” in Arabic). Democratoz is making its U.S. debut in the U.S. in 2016 as part of Center Stage, an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
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