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Maghreb Soul: Cheb Khaled Story 1986-1990 (Enregistrements Originaux Remasterisés)

Cheb Khaled

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Arguably the most popular Algerian recording artist of his day, Cheb Khaled was responsible for bringing Rai (a rowdy, percussion-laden form of Algerian folk) to international prominence. When the teenage Khaled began singing Rai in the mid-‘70s, its unflinching treatment of topics like political unrest, alcohol, and sexual activity placed it well outside of Algeria’s cultural mainstream. Though figures like Bellamou Messaoud had already had minor hits by the time Khaled began his career, Khaled’s drum machine and synth-laden recordings lent a modern sheen to the traditional Rai sound and won him a devout fan base among Algerian youth. Maghreb Soul collects 13 recordings from the height of Khaled’s career, including a number of selections from 1988’s Kutché: a collaboration with Safy Boutella that was one of the first Rai albums to see international release. Though this compilation omits many of Khaled’s most influential recordings, such as the galvanizing protest anthem “El Harba Wayn,” it remains a serviceable introduction to Khaled’s work.

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abu hazza3

khaled is simply the best. I can not get enough of song number 2 s'hab el baroud...the trumpet line is sick and reminds me of cheb Qader who is also good, but Cheb Khaled is simply the best


Born: February 29, 1960 in Sidi-El-Houri, Algeria

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Khaled is the poster boy for the modern form of Algerian desert blues known as Raï. Certainly he's been its most successful modern exponent, the first to find success on the international stage. Born Khalidu Hajji Brahim in Oran, the traditional center of Raï, he was attracted to music from an early age, especially to Raï, which was seen at the time of the music of outcasts, drunks, and prostitutes, although he also loved James Brown and the Beatles. He taught himself to play guitar, bass, harmonica,...
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