X Factor International Star Rachid Aseyakhe Shows Why Cat Stevens Took Notice With Where Is The Love
Where Is The Love?
Based in the midlands since 2016, Rachid Aseyakhe (As-E-Ak-He) is a very welcome migrant from the not-so-distant shores of Morocco. Brought up in a highly musical family, Rachid took to sound like a dove to the sky and quickly found his own roots in the field. In 2007 he ploughed his way to the latter stages of Morocco’s X Factor, only losing out to reasons of taste rather than skill. Having covered a famous song by Yusuf Cat Stevens, the icon of bearded acoustica himself had only good things to say about the rendition. Known for covering Arabic songs with a modern and fresh take, Rachid Aseyakhe demonstrates that he isn’t limited to one sound. Where Is The Love opens one more wing in the museum of music that Rachid Aseyakhe carefully curates.
Soulful keyboards open as the song begins. Rachid Aseyakhe has a splendid voice, full of character of passionate technique. A delicate ballad ensues as the melody gracefully runs its fingers over the memories and images the song portrays. Minor chords flicker in the background as major keys elevate the positive elements that dance with the nostalgia. Sometimes life can be empty and the song seems to fill that blank space with something to make it more comfortable. As Where Is The Love progresses, the music swells with drums and guitar that spiral upwards in a motion of freedom and hope. Finishing on a melodic interlude, we’re treated to an otherworldly venture into blues, soul, and something else.
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