In Praise of Didi by Jesse Leaneagh

I have long been obsessed with Cheb Khaled, the Algerian music celeb who made famous the Algerian form of folk music “raï ” by adding pop and rock elements. Most of all I return again and again to the song “Didi,” perhaps his biggest hit and definitely a banger.

I just discovered the official video, which confirms this song is meant for party time– Pan horns, shirtlessness, and random crowns of leaves set the stage for a Dionysian bacchanal. And the said musical horns add the perfect, special brand of Arab funkiness (this was also the same year Prince released his Love Symbol album, FYI).

Anyway, there are some amazing looks in this video: Khaled’s shirt and rattail, every woman in this video is wearing something cool (that green and gold dress!!), and that guy wearing a black and white vertical-striped tank under overalls?! Meow.

Pitchfork said last year was the year of the saxophone. Let’s extend that trend and resurrect “Didi” in 2012. When do fashion trends repeat? Every ten years? Let’s say every twenty.

by Jesse Leaneagh


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