''I’d spent the summer in Paris listening to and becoming fascinated with the Räi music popular in the clubs frequented by the expatriate Algerian community. I got to know some of the amazing musicians and singers there, some of whom performed on the record. Lyrically it was inspired by Sufi poetry, which often equates devotional and religious longing with the erotic.'' - Sting
''I saw Chab Mami in Bercy with Khaled, Rachid Taha and this great orchestra. Very impressed, I began to write a song on this experience and we met. I asked him if he’d like to sing for me, in a way to authenticate my experience. He sung without knowing what I was singing. As it happens, it’s about desire, craving. I asked him: just improvise, in arab, on my melody. Later I asked him what he was talking about, he answered that he sang about desire, craving of a loved person. I told him that it was exactly the song’s theme! So the music suggested those words. '' - Sting
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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