Khaled - Khaled (CD)
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Entertainment Weekly (1/15/93, p.54) - "...a pancultural groove attack. Never mind that Khaled sings in Arabic. Words don't matter when the music is so seriously funky..." - Rating: A+
Q (9/92, p.76) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[Khaled] is the undisputed king of Rai...[a] stirring collection...Khaled's exuberant vocals dominate effortlessly throughout...a world music album that ranks alongside the best of Salif Keita..."
Dirty Linen (Apr/May 93, p.92) - "...show[s] off not only Khaled's vocal skills, but his talent with an accordion, oud, bendir and keyboards....A fascinating blend of North African ethnic music and dance rhythms..."
Option (Jan/Feb 93, p.98) - "...a mature, fully realized musical statement ...the best rai record yet..."
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Didi
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] El Arbi
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Wahrane
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Ragda
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] El Ghatli
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Liah Liah
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Mauvais Sang
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Braya
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Ne M'en Voulez Pas
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Sbabi
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Harai Harai
- [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Serbi Serbi
- [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Hebou
- [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Adieu
- [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Chebba
- [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Les Ailes
- [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Alech Tradi
- [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Bahhta
- [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] N ' Ssi N ' Ssi
- [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Zine A Zine
- [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Abdel Hader
- [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] El Marsem
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- Release Date
- 28 February 2008
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Didi - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] El Arbi - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Wahrane - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Ragda - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] El Ghatli - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Liah Liah - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Mauvais Sang - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Braya - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Ne M'en Voulez Pas - (French)
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Sbabi - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Harai Harai - (Arabic)
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Mauvais Sang - (Arabic, live)
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Didi - (live)
Personnel: Cheb Khaled (vocals, accordion, keyboards, oud, bendir); Michael Brook (guitars, bass, percussion); Randy Jacobs (guitar, bass); Eric Fernandaz (guitar); Youssef Chebaan, Abderaseque Hilal (violin); David Coleman (electric cello, oud); Bill Bergman (tenor saxophone); Greg Smith (baritone saxophone); David McMurray (saxophone); John Berry (trumpet); Arnold Massart (piano, organ); Mustapha Kada, Benjamin Muhoberac (keyboards); Moshen Chentouf (bendir, derbouka); Don Was (bass, keyboards); Wily N'For (bass); Afid Saidi, James Pinker (drums); Djoum (percussion); Steve Deutsch (programming); Arnold McCuller, Sir Harry Bowens, "Sweet Pea" Atkinson (background vocals).
Recorded at I.C.P. Studios, Brussels, Belgium and MicroPlant, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Khaled (vocals); David McMurray (saxophone); Don Was (keyboards, bass instrument).
Dropping the "Cheb" from his name symbolizes the start of a new phase for Khaled, one that signaled his quest to expand beyond his rai roots or, more accurately, to add rai as another element in the global dancefloor mix. After his big production collaboration with fellow Algerian Safy Boutella on Kutche, he takes the plunge to directly court Western audiences by enlisting Don Was and Michael Brook to split the production duties.
The opening "Didi" sets the tone, with a catchy Arabic synth melody and punchy Algerian percussion rolling underneath a funky groove and a King Curtis/Clarence Clemons-flavored sax solo. "Mauvais Sang" starts with the classic Algerian vocal/keyboard intro and gets more complex as melodic motifs are woven in. But the rhythm is driven by keyboard bass blats and a drum machine, and the instrumental break features sax over thumb-pop funk bass and James Brown scratch-rhythm guitar before the final call and response between David McMurray's throaty R&B sax and Mustapha Kada's Arabic keyboards. To say that's a blueprint of what Khaled wants to accomplish here is true on one level, but ignores the range and variety of the material. Algerian homeboys Kada (keyboards) and Mohsein Chentouf (derbouka) are on every song and Khaled himself plays keyboards, accordion, oud, and bendir on the Brook-produced tracks. Reggae pops into the bubbling rhythm undercurrent on "Ragda"; "Sbabi" works violin against an atmospheric, Robert Fripp-like lead guitar over Khaled's voice and a funky, chunky groove. With its near-flamenco acoustic guitar and accordion, "Wahrane" has a French caf‚ feel, but "El Ghatli" and "Harai Harai" take it all the way home to Algerian tradition. "Ne M'en Voulez Pas" is sung in French, with more caf‚ accordion set against organ, bass solo, and clattering percussion, and winds up in a near-go-go beat. The song is too busy and never quite makes up its mind what it wants to be, but it's a unique, invigorating ride, which may be the best capsule summary for Khaled. Some artists are born to try this kind of cultural crossover, and in the context of rai, Khaled is both trailblazer and standard-bearer. ~ Don Snowden
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- PCM Audio
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- Don Was; Michael Brook
- Caroline Distribution
- Djoum; Steve Deutsch
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