The charismatic, multi-instrumentalist, Algerian born Abdelkader Saadoun leads what is certainly the finest RAI band in the UK.
RAI originates from traditional Algerian music (Chaabi, Kabil, Chawi, Gnawi, pop)
its main features are percussion, singing and dance. Based on strong rhythms, it is a very dynamic and danceable music, the music of today's generation and the most popular music in North Africa. It quickly spread to neighbouring countries: Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and is now very popular in the Gulf States too. Since France has a large Magrebian population, RAI music is now part of the French culture and is establishing itself on the international scene at an ever-quickening pace as reported in Songlines, Froots, Lira and Venue magazines.
Abdelkader does sometimes performs solo. His solo acts feature singing, traditional guitars ( Hajoudj, Saz & Mandol ), North-African percussion's (eg. Bendir, Derbouka, Karakeb A Djembe).
Abdelkader has had many television appearances and performed Live for major Radio Stations including London GLR, The Big time celebrations of The Millennium Eve, BBC UK and Worldservice...