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n. (alternative spelling of raï English)


Raï (; ) is a form of folk music that originated in Oran and Aïn Témouchent, Algeria from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African and Arabic musical forms, which dates back to the 1930s.

Singers of raï are called cheb (shabab, young) as opposed to sheikh ( shaykh, old), the name given to Chaabi singers. The tradition arose in cities like Oran, Relizane, Mostaganem, Chlef, Aïn Témouchent and Sidi-Bel-Abbès, primarily among the poor. Traditionally sung by men, by the end of the 20th century, female singers had become common. The lyrics of raï have concerned social issues, such as disease and the policing of European colonies, that affected native populations.


Rai — Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A. (; commercially styled Rai; known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane) is Italy's national public broadcasting company, owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

RAI operates many DVB and Sat television channels and radio stations, broadcasting via digital terrestrial transmission (15 television and 7 radio channels nationwide) and from several satellite platforms. It is the biggest television broadcaster in Italy and competes with Mediaset, Sky Italia, and other minor television and radio networks. RAI has a relatively high television audience share of 33.8%.

RAI's broadcasts are also received in neighboring countries, including Albania, Croatia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Slovenia, Vatican City, Switzerland, and Tunisia, and elsewhere on cable and satellite.

Half of RAI's revenues come from broadcast receiving licence fees, the rest from the sale of advertising time.

In 1950, RAI became one of the 23 founding broadcasting organizations of the European Broadcasting Union.


Raimundo Souza Vieira de Oliveira (born 15 May 1965), known as Raí , is a French-Brazilian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

He spent the better part of his 15-year career with São Paulo and Paris Saint-Germain, winning 10 major titles with the two teams combined, and nearing the 100-goal mark. He is the younger brother of more famous Brazilian footballer Sócrates.

Raí played with Brazil for more than one decade, helping the country win the 1994 World Cup.

Rai (comics)

Rai (pronounced "rye") is a fictional superhero that appeared in books published by Valiant Comics. Rai was the first original hero created by Valiant and had its beginning as a flipbook back-up feature in Magnus Robot Fighter issues #5–8. The popularity of the flipbook back-up story later led to an ongoing series. Valiant Entertainment is the current owner of Rai and the rest of the original Valiant Comics characters.

In his original incarnation, Rai is the spirit guardian that protects the nation of Japan in the 41st century. It is a mantle passed down from father to son through the generations. As such, the series chronicled a number of protagonists.

A new Rai ongoing series was launched in April 2014 by the creative team of writer Matt Kindt and artist Clayton Crain, selling out of its initial print run.

Rai (Bunts)

Rai is a surname from coastal Karnataka in India. It is found among Hindus and Jains of the Bunt community.

Rai (East Syrian Ecclesiastical Province)

Rai was a metropolitan province of the Church of the East between the eighth and twelfth centuries. The province of Rai had a suffragan diocese for Gurgan.

Rai (paradise)

The term rai in Slavic languages is a term for a heavenly or earthly paradise. In some of these languages the term is a synonym with the Greco-Persian term paradise.

Raï (disambiguation)

Raï is a genre of folk music from Northern Africa.

Raï may also refer to:

  • Raicore or Raïcore, a musical genre
  • Raï'n'B, a musical genre
  • Raï (film), a French film directed by ar Thomas Gilou
Rai (surname)

Rai may refer to:

  • Rai (Bunts), an Indian surname from coastal Karnataka
  • Rai Sikh, a Punjabi Sikh jat clan and surname
  • Rai people, an ethnolinguistic group of Nepal
  • Rai ( Kanji , Hiragana ), a Japanese surname derived from the Chinese Lei

Category:Surnames Category:Indian family names

Raï (1995 film)

Raï is a 1995 French film directed by Thomas Glou. It won the Golden Leopard at the 1995 Locarno International Film Festival.

Rai (title)

Rai ( Sanskrit: ; , ) Rai is a historical title of honour in India, It is used as a Title by certain Kharal and Bhatti Rajputs in India and Pakistan. and it is also used as a surname mainly by Brahmin landlords, It is derived from Raja (king, prince or chief). The Marathi/Telugu variant is Rao,

Rai (Kuwait)

Rai is an area in Farwaniya Governorate in Kuwait. It is the home of the Avenues Mall and the Sooq al-Hamām pets market.

Category:Areas of Farwaniya Governorate Category:Populated places in Kuwait

Rai (unit)

A rai is a unit of area, equal to 1 square sen or 1,600 square metres (40 m × 40 m), and is used in measuring land area for a cadastre or cadastral map. Its current size is precisely derived from the metre, but is neither part of nor recognized by the modern metric system, the International System (SI).

The rai equals 4 ngaan or 400 tarangwaaka square wa. The rai equals 0.3954 acres.

It is commonly used in Thailand and equals 16 ares, another unit that is based on the metre and commonly used in several countries. Although recognized by the SI, its use is not encouraged. The word also means plantation.

Rai (2016 film)

Rai (The Greatest Gangster Ever) is an upcoming Indian, biographical film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma, based on the life of former underworld syndicate, turned philanthropist, Muthappa Rai. The first look of the film was unveiled on May 1, 2016 in Bengaluru around 50,000 people of spectators, on the Birthday of Muthappa Rai.

Usage examples of "rai".

Even if Rai wishes to reply, he will do so in his own way, by his own messenger.

Many of the communities then began to elect public administrators to intercede with Rai on their behalf.

It was after this that the Philosopher Rai took over the castle, marking the beginning of his rise to power.

But whatever power it is that Rai has, I would suggest that you do not place yourself directly against it.

In the official histories it is written that one day Rai found himself in the company of the Oracle of Trovo, whose location today is unknown.

The histories say it was the Oracle who told Rai he was predestined for greatness.

The story goes that the Oracle told Rai he would rule many worlds but that Rai was not satisfied with this prediction.

Foreseeing the possible wrath this answer might incur in Rai, I could hardly allow some unsuspecting messenger in my service to deliver it.

As they exited from somewhere behind the golden chair, Rai spoke to Kane.

With luck, they might reach Rai before the floor opened up beneath them.

As he was calculating the time spans involved, Rai suddenly stood and stared across the expanse at Aufcash.

Killing you would be meaningless, and Rai does nothing simply as a valueless gesture.

The eyes shall take Rai as before they took my lover Bolsk and his foolish son.

Till now we have not had a good source of information, but the Philosopher Rai has consented to be our guide.

Kane sat on the couch Incony Venytys had just vacated, while Rai joined the Weaponer.