Meaning of rai in English:


Pronunciation /rʌɪ/


mass noun
  • A style of music fusing Arabic and Algerian folk elements with Western rock.

    as modifier ‘Algeria's rai music’
    • ‘With unparalleled vocal skills and musical imagination, Khaled was the man who took Algerian rai music into the mainstream.’
    • ‘By the time of Hasni's death, rai music was a major front in the confrontation between Algerian Islamism and the secular forces it sought to overcome.’
    • ‘Satire, political cartoons, rai music, and a rich political slang in dialectical Arabic provide outlets for political sentiment.’
    • ‘Music, of course, is another intensely important arena, particularly so these days in North Africa and France, where rai music has made the pop charts.’
    • ‘Rachid Taha's opening track ‘Rock El Casbah’ merges Algerian rai sounds with the famous punk classic.’


1980s perhaps from Arabic ha er-ray, literally ‘that's the thinking, here is the view’, a phrase frequently found in the songs.