Fusing traditional north African beats and instruments with R&B, hip-hop and pulsating electro-dance rhythms, Saad Lamjarred’s debut album Wala Alik signals a new generation of Rai. Based on a multicultural musical melting pot, Lamjarred combines catchy hooks with deep, soulful vocals. This record fully announces the Moroccan heartthrob as a major recording artist who’s capable of singing about romance in all its forms, giving conventional love songs a new twist with groove-packed or chilled-out tracks. Blockbuster “Wana Mali” kicks the record off with a club-thumping bang, while standalone highlight “Mal Hbibi” closes Lamjarred’s debut in style—two key tracks that have catapulted the young singer to the top of world music.


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