Carte de Séjour

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Carte de Séjour
GenresRock, Raï, Punk rock
Years active1980–1990
LabelsMosquito, Barclay
Past membersRachid Taha, Djamel Dif, Mokhtar Amini, Mohamed Amini, Éric Vaquer, Jérôme Savy

Carte de Séjour was a French band composed of Rachid Taha (vocals), Mohamed Amini (guitar), Moktar Amini (bass), and Jérôme Savy (lead guitar).


Carte de Séjour was founded in 1980 by Rachid Taha, Djamel Dif, Mokhtar Amini, Mohamed Amini and Éric Vaquer (guitar).[1] Jérôme Savy, former guitarist of the French garage rock band Arsenic, replaced Vaquer some time later. The band's name was a reference to the residence card carried by immigrants in France.[2]

After a major concert at the Palais des sports and performance at Place de la Bastille during the Marche des beurs, the band gained prominence with their rendition of Charles Trenet's Douce France [fr].[3] Carte de Séjour's cover of the well-known song played an important role in raising questions about the status of the Beurs and other descendants of postcolonial immigrants in France, as well as the struggle against mounting right-wing and racist policies of Front national in France.

The group included in its repertoire pop, rock, punk rock, traditional Arab music and gnawa music.

The band split in 1990, after personnel changes and internal strife. Rachid Taha established a solo career and was considered one of the major singers of raï.

Members of the group[edit]

  • Rachid Taha – lead vocals and composition (d. 2018)
  • Djamel Dif – drums and composition on the first maxi single (except for "Halouf Nar")
  • Mokhtar Amini – bass guitar, arrangements, composition
  • Jérôme Savy – guitars, composition, arrangements replacing Éric Vaquer after he quit in May 1982
  • Mohamed Amini – guitars, composition, arrangements



  1. ^ (in French) "Rachid Taha" Archived 2009-11-07 at the Wayback Machine. Universal Music France. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Arab Soul Rebels: Punk Among the Beurs of '80s Era France". PopMatters. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  3. ^ "Le véritable sens de la reprise de "Douce France" par Rachid Taha n'a rien de doux". (in French). 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2019-02-24.