By Will Hermes
Updated January 18, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

After attending the 1998 Paris concert documented here, Sting delivered his rai-flavored ”Desert Rose,” with help from the Jaguar corporation. But never mind that. This platinum import is a beautifully orchestrated triple-header of real rai music: Khaled, the smooth elder statesman; Taha, the groove-wise experimentalist; and Faudel, the hip-pop prince. After Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria began assassinating rai artists in the mid-’90s, the pop-savvy genre bloomed globally; this captures it in all its ululating, expatriate glory.

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