Tuesday, April 08, 2008

L'Algérie fait quatre-vingt dix-sept

Today we have had a visitor from Algeria. Welcome to this site!

Algeria was featured in our geography tour two weeks ago. Wikipedia notes the following:
Algeria is a member of the United Nations, African Union, Arab League, and OPEC. It also contributed towards the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union. Constitutionally, Algeria is defined as an Islamic, Arab, and Amazigh (Berber) country.


Most of the coastal area is hilly, sometimes even mountainous, and there are a few natural harbours. The area from the coast to the Tell Atlas is fertile. South of the Tell Atlas is a steppe landscape, which ends with the Saharan Atlas; further south, there is the Sahara desert. The Ahaggar Mountains (Arabic: جبال هقار‎), also known as the Hoggar, are a highland region in central Sahara, southern Algeria. They are located about 1,500 km (932 miles) south of the capital, Algiers and just west of Tamanghasset.

Algiers, Oran , Constantine, and Annaba are Algeria's main cities.
They also have a nice topographic map:
Here is your armchair tour:

Our time-traveling juke box now goes back to the 1930's (in the Casbah?):
Lili L'Abbassi Algerian music from the 1930's

And now a little Rai to get us all up dancing: Nado Coeur by Reda Tailani.

And what's this? Rai rap (with playfulness and lots of scenery)? Embedding not allowed but you can watch and listen here.
--the BB

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