12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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