With its blend of traditional Arabic and western pop sounds, Algerian rai music counts as one of the most accessible, danceable and exciting forms of world-beat. One of the genre's most popular figures, Cheb Mami (left), probably second only to the great Cheb Khaled, brings a full band with him to this highly- anticipated show. As well as love and personal feelings, his songs also focus strongly on the political climate in the Algeria of today.
Bowie: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) Sat 7.45pm
Mami: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) Sun 7.30pmReuse content