Khaled - Sahra (CD)

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  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Dance
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Country of Origin
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Spin (8/97, p.118) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Khaled's latest album shows how those years in exile [from Algeria] have changed him. SAHRA moves further away from the brittle intensity of his early sound and toward pan-Meditteranean pop....Linking hands across the diaspora, Khaled reveals that global fame may smooth his edges, but it will never erase his roots."
Q (1/98, p.113) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
Q (6/97, p.134) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...the sound is bright, polished and commercial, the more disinctive material....providing the best background for Khaled's top-flight Islamic vocals."
JazzTimes (8/97, p.72) - "...happily fuses different musical impulses--in this case, middle eastern influences, dance feverishness and western ideas. Khaled has the passion and flexibility to capture a mass audience....a package that goes down smooth, but without losing the feisty pulse of rai..."
Option (9-10/97, p.102) - "...Khaled's voice on this disc is as mesmerizing as ever...his songs retain the North African urgency which make his music both exotic and inviting..."

Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Sahra - (Arabic)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Oran Marseille - (Arabic, Oran mix, Oran Mix)
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Aicha - (Arabic, French, Version Mixte mix, Version Mixte)
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Ouelli el Darek - (Arabic)
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Detni Essekra - (Arabic)
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Walou Walou - (Arabic)
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Ki Mektouba
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Hey Quedi
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Oran Marseille - (Arabic, French)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Srati
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Le Jour Viendra - (Arabic, French)
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Aicha - (live, Live Version From Hafla)
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Ouelli el Darek - (live, Live Version From Halfla)
World / International
Release Date
28 February 2008
South Africa

Personnel includes: Khaled (vocals); Randy Jacobs (guitar, bass); Abdallah Terkmani, Slim Pezin, Mickey Chung, Cat Coore (guitar); Philippe Eidel (bouzouki, charango, accordion, piano, keyboards, bass); Djamel Ben Yelles, Nicolas Krassik (violin); Vincent Courtois, Frank Choukroun (cello); Mustapha Kada (accordion, keyboards); David McMurray (flute, saxophone); Dean Fraser, Pierre-Olivier Govin, Brandon Fields (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Jamie Muhoberac, Robbie Lynn (keyboards); Bernard Paganotti, Benji Myers, Abe Laborial (bass); Tony Williams, Hafid Saidi, Greg Bisonette (drums); Lenny Castro, Mohsiein Chentouf, Michito Sanchez (percussion); Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffith (background vocals).
Producers: Don Was, Philippe Eidel, Clive Hunt.
Engineers include: Frank Redlich, Erick Benzi, Laurent Gueneau.
Recorded in Paris, France; Los Angeles, California; and Kingston, Jamaica.
This second album from Khaled, who's considered the King of Rai in much of North Africa, blends traditional mellifluous Middle Eastern melody with trip-hop beats, ska horn blares, reggae rhythms (some of the tracks were recorded in Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio), adult contemporary-ish piano tinkling, and symphonic string arrangements. SAHRA is a reflection of the kind of vibe that exists in the international artists enclave in contemporary Paris, where Khaled has resided since he was chased out of his native Algeria by fundamentalist groups who consider Rai music a threat.
Rai music emerged in the late 15th century as the Moors were expelled from the Andalucia region of Spain. Modern Rai music, considered the blues of North Africa, has been banned in many North African countries because of its often political content. Teaming up with French rapper IAM on "Oran Marseille," Khaled manages to effectively communicate feelings of frustration even as the duo trades verses in Arabic and French. The closing track "Hey Ouedi" incorporates a wide range of traditional North African percussion and string instruments into a melancholic whole.

Caroline Distribution
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
  1. Khaled, Cheb
Date Released
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