This weekend at Hillside Community Centre, Stowmarket, I shall be holding a relaxed and party-inspired workshop looking at the youth-driven musical movement in Algeria called ‘Rai’. It combines traditional bedouin music with contemporary music trends which can include jazz, pop ad hip hop. The lyrics are normally sung in both french and arabic and can be crude and down to earth. This has lead to issues with Islamic fundamentalists. Our routine will have a basis of some recognisable belly dance fused with a bit of hip hop style to a popular song by a rai master, Cheb Mami ( pictured above). Come and try it out! Saturday 19th October, 10.30 – 12, £10.