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Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Will No Longer Seek Re-election

The 82-year-old leader has dropped out of the race following mass protests, and has announced a complete "reshuffling" of the government.

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will no longer seek re-election, following ongoing anti-government protests.

The 82-year-old president, who has been in office for two decades, was planning to run for a fifth term before announcing today that he would no longer run and that the upcoming elections, slated for April 18, will be delayed, though a new date has not been announced. He also stated that government "reshuffle" would take place, according to Al Jazeera.

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Rachid Taha. Photo by @Kmeron (Flickr/Creative Commons).

Remembering Rachid Taha, Pioneer Algerian Musician

Rachid Taha paired potent lyrics with the rebellion of Rai and punk to create music most artists can only dream of.

Rachid Taha very sadly stopped breathing this week. He has gone the same way as so many great artists of the sacred pre-internet era. All of them loosening their tethers with the material world. Dying off, yet leaving behind their voices, the cryptic secrets of their souls well preserved for future generations.

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Imarhan Are Pushing the Boundaries of Desert Rock

The group's new album, Temet, doesn't just take the next step in Tuareg music. It sends it into hyperspace.

Imarhan's second studio album, Temet, is as much about where Tuareg music has been as it is about where it's going.

Throughout, the desert rock sextet seamlessly combines influences as diverse as Algerian Rai music, American jazz, Burkinabé funk, and global pop. But, given their heritage, this intelligent eclecticism makes perfect sense.

Imarhan's musical stylings stem from centuries old Tuareg traditions. As a semi-nomadic people, the Tuareg forged their culture across North Africa with territory stretching from Tripoli to Ouagadougou to Timbuktu. Tuareg music has always encompassed elements of the numerous cultures located along their historic trading routes while retaining their own unique pentatonic scales and polyrhythmic patterns. On their eponymously titled debut album, Imarhan paid homage to these origins through the emerging genre of desert rock and simultaneously nudged the tradition forward.

But Temet doesn't just take the next step in Tuareg music. It sends it into hyperspace.

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