p. 694. Hybridity
- Robert J. C. Young
‘Hybridity’ explores the musical form raï, which originally developed soon after independence in the cosmopolitan port city of Wahrān (Oran), in western Algeria. The term ‘raï’ literally means ‘an opinion’, ‘a point of view’, ‘a way of seeing things’; it can also mean ‘an aim’. Raï encapsulates many of the qualities that are fundamental to postcolonialism itself. It began as the expression of those who found themselves on the periphery of their societies and its popular appeal lay in its recompositions of recognizable but destructured elements from the perspective of those at the margins through mass-produced popular modes.