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Biography (Abdel Ali Slimani)

Abdel Ali Slimani was born in the U Anasser District of Algiers, the heart of a vibrant cosmopolitan port with one eye on Europe, the other on Africa. Music was a pervasive aspect of his childhood, from traditional Saharan and Berber dances, to Western funk, to reggae and Arab styles. During his teens he witnessed the explosion of Rai music, a youthful revolution headed by Khaled. Ali was entranced and dreamed of becoming a singer.

After traveling and working around Europe he settled in England, where he became known as a DJ and Rai enthusiast amongst the North African community in London, whipping up storms at weddings and parties as well as singing and playing impromptu sessions.

When in 1991, Jah Wobble was looking for a new singer for his Invaders of the Heart Band, Ali came to his attention. Within three weeks of their first meeting, he was singing on stage at WOMAD festival in Toronto, Canada. The new Invaders line-up caused a sensation.

Over the next three years Ali...

 


 

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