"Oran is Algeria's Las Vegas, crazy and restless!" Oran by shems71

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North African capital of music

Oran is the birthplace of the well-known Raï, a musical movement mixing Arabic tunes, jazz, western music and local music. It was first exported to France thanks to Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami and others before being brought to the whole world from Cheb Khaled's hit "Didi", the 1st Arab song to be a bestseller in Israel. Now, Oran is still the place to be for Raï music and all stars begin there, singing first in the numerous nightclubs and cabarets.

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  • Pros:Beautiful & vibrant city, open-minded, great food, culturally diverse, welcoming, charming & funny people
  • Cons:The whole city is on work, so plenty of cranes everywhere!
  • In a nutshell:The most open-minded city in North Africa, delighting nightlife, amazing architecture & coast
  • Last visit to Oran: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated Jun 11, 2012
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