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Born in the mid-1920s, Chaabi music comes from several influences (Berber and Andalusian , Flamenco and religious songs). The inventor of this unpublished musical cocktail was called El Anka (El Hadj Mohammed El Anka, 1907-1978).
This new popular music; - «Chaab» means the people – was mainly popular with the working class of the Casbah and found refuge in the underground world of the city. Chaabi music has also been called «The Casbah Blues” or «North African Jazz», in reference to its composition, which allows for a lot of improvisation and musical freedom.


There are currently 20 members on tour, although there is also an option to have a more complete orchestra with 26 musicians; as well as the possibility of a smaller sectin of musicians depending upon individual venues.


El Gusto is made up of several legendary names of Chaabi music: all of whom have enriched the cultural and musical palettes of Algeria, well before the creation of the group.
Since its formation in 2006, under the name El Gusto the orchestra has produced two albums.

- El Gusto Soundtrack - produced by Sodi (producer of Femi Kutti) under the label of Remark Records, distributed by Warner Music, released on January 2nd of 2012.

- Abdel Hadi Halo & The El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers - a studio album produced by Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorrilaz) under his label Honest Jons and distributed by EMI in 2007.

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