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Cheb Mami, real name Mohamed Kélifati (born July 11, 1966, Saïda, Algeria) is an Algerian-born raï singer. July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Saida is: the Arabic name for Sidon Saïda, a place in Algeria This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Raï (Arabic: راي) is a form of folk music, originated in Oran, Algeria from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African-American and Arabic musical forms, which dates back to the 1930s and has been primarily evolved by women in the culture. ...


About Cheb Mami

Cheb Mami's most notable attribute is his vocal range, often quoted as being three octaves. As a result of this, his vocals often appear "female" to western ears. He sings in both French and Maghribi Arabic. In music, an octave (sometimes abbreviated 8ve or 8va) is the interval between one musical note and another with half or double the frequency. ... The Maghreb (المغرب العربي ; sometimes also rendered Moghreb), meaning western in Arabic, is the region of the continent of Africa north of the Sahara desert and west of the Nile — specifically, the modern countries of Morocco, Western Sahara (annexed and occupied by Morocco), Algeria, Tunisia, Libya — and to a much lesser extent... Arabic (; , less formally, ) is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ...


As well as recording many straight raï songs, Cheb Mami has achieved crossover success with the hip-hop remix of his track "Parisien du Nord" on his album Meli Meli and also with the backing vocals on Sting's hit "Desert Rose". Raï (Arabic: راي) is a form of folk music, originated in Oran, Algeria from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African-American and Arabic musical forms, which dates back to the 1930s and has been primarily evolved by women in the culture. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began among urban African Americans and Latinos in New York City in the early 1970s, and has since spread around the world. ... Sting circa 1987 on the cover of the album Nothing Like The Sun Sting redirects here. ...


Perhaps Mami's most successful recording is the album Dellali, produced by former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, which was released soon after his collaboration with Sting. Coincidentally, the album's lead single is entitled "Le Rai C'est Chic" - although the word is used in the original French sense. Chic is an American band that was formed in 1975/1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. ... Nile Rodgers (born September 19, 1952) is a prolific guitarist and music producer. ...


Selected discography

  • Prince of Rai (1989)
  • Let Me Raï (1991)
  • Saida (1994)
  • Douni El Bladi (1996)
  • Meli Meli (1999)
  • Dellali (2001)
  • Du Sud au Nord (2003)
  • Live au Grand Rex (2004)

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Cheb Mami - definition of Cheb Mami in Encyclopedia (157 words)
Cheb Mami's most notable attribute is his vocal range, often quoted as being three octaves.
As well as recording many straight rai songs, Cheb Mami has achieved crossover success with the hip-hop remix of his track "Parisien du Nord" on his album Meli Meli and also with the backing vocals on Sting's hit "Desert Rose".
Mami's latest recording is the album Dellali, produced by former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers.
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