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Encyclopedia > Cheb Khaled
Algerian raï musician from Oran. He was born Khaled Hadj Brahim in 1960 in Sidi-El-Houri, Algeria. He has become probably the most internationally famous Algerian singer.

Cheb Khaled began recording at age fourteen with the single "Trig Lycee" (Arabic meaning "The Road to School"), and soon became involved with the early-1980s changes in the rai sound, incorporating western instruments and studio techniques. The Algerian government, and many Algerians, did not like rai, and considered it subversive. Khaled was forced to move to Paris in 1986 (see 1986 in music). In 1992 (see 1992 in music) and after dropping "Cheb" from his name released his self titled album Khaled, which established his reputation as a superstar in France and among Algerian immigrants around the world.

His audience has continued to expand throughout the 1990s, and has collaborated with hip hop artists. In spite of his superstar status in France and Algeria, his popularity in the US, UK and other countries has been limited to a small but devoted cult following.



Studio albums

Live albums


  • 1991 Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled
  • 1992 Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled 2

Featured in

  • 1992 Sahara Blue, Hector Zazou
    • Amdyaz
  • 1995 Duos Taratata, Various Artists
  • 1995 Going Global Series Voila, Various Artists
    • Kebou
    • N'ssi N'ssi
    • Chebba
  • 1997 Live à Bercy, Mylène Farmer
    • La poupée qui fait non
  • 1997 Emilie Jolie, Various Artists
    • Chanson du herisson
  • 1997 Sol En Si (Solidarité Enfants Sida), Various Artists
    • Mâardi
  • 1998 1 Douar, Alan Stivell
    • Ensemble (Understand)
    • Crimes
  • 1998 Konfusion, Ketama
    • Oasis de los Dioses
  • 1999 L'palais de justice, Freeman
    • Bladi
  • 1999 Ida y Vuelta, Tekameli
    • ¡ Oh Madre !
  • 1999 Amarain, Amr Diab
    • Albey
  • 2000 Balavoine Hommages ..., Various Artists
    • L'aziza
  • 2000 Rapsody, Various Artists
    • Time for a Change
  • 2000 XXème siècle, Les Enfoirés
    • Emmenez-moi
  • 2000 Labyrinthe, Kertra
    • Le rêve de mon père
  • 2001 Big Men, Raï Meets Raggae, Various Artists
    • Aich Rebel Sun
  • 2002 City of Ideas (Ciudad de los Ideas), Vincente Amigo
    • Eyes of the Alhamra (Ojos de la Alhambra)
  • 2002 Duets, Compay Segundo
    • Saludo A Chango
  • 2004 Raï'N'B Fever, Kore & Skalp
    • Retour aux sources
  • 2004 L'enfant du pays, Rim'K
    • L'enfant du pays
  • 2004 Save the World, Enzo Avitabile & Bottari
    • Dance with me


External links

  • Khaled Official Site (http://khaled-lesite.artistes.universalmusic.fr/)
  • a Cheb Khaled fan site (http://www.safha.net/khaled/index.cgi?page=lyrics&songid=19) with lyrics for his songs.

  Results from FactBites:
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Khaled (album) (739 words)
Khaled, released in 1992, is Khaled's self titled album, which established his reputation as a superstar in France and around the world.
Khaled has been central in both the development of the cheb-singer movement (from Arabic shabb (young)) as well as been adding elements to the more traditional raï; music style.
Khaled continues to feature among the leading artists in the rai genre, a blend of Arabic music and modern pop.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Khaled (musician) (3612 words)
Khaled [خالد], born Khaled Hadj Brahim, is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Oran.
Khaleds Ya-Rayi studio album was released in Europe in August of 2004 and later on released in the United States on June 27, 2005.
From Khaled (1992): Khaled, released in 1992, is Khaleds self titled album, which established his reputation as a superstar in France and around the world.
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