His East-meets-West style often incorporates Arabic percussion and North African string instruments behind Arab and French lyrics.
Saturday Night Live used his music to humorous effect when they reprised their wacky “Les Jeunes de Paris” skit with guest host Miley Cyrus.
This time, the skit was sillier than ever. The kids managed to cram in every French stereotype known to man while dancing to Rachid Taha’s “Tékitoi”. (Broken down, it’s “t’es qui toi,” meaning “who are you?”) There was a “paint-off,” a whole crepe was eaten in one bite, a mime appeared at one point, and there was lots and lots of red wine.
I definitely liked the first Les Jeune skit with the Camille song better, but I lurve Taran Killam and I’m glad to see him getting his shine. He’s perfect for these offbeat skits.
Check out the original video for “Tékitoi” by Rachid Taha, the title track from his 6th studio album.