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Kenza (CD)

By: Khaled

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Khaled Artist Snapshot:

The undisputed king of contemporary Algerian rai, Khaled revolutionized the form by introducing drum machines, synthesizers, and previously taboo lyrical topics that went against the grain of Islam. His highly charged onstage persona in the 1980s and '90s had much the same effect on Algeria's youth as Elvis Presley's live shows had on teenage Americans in the '50s. He moved to France in '86, becoming a star among the large immigrant North African population. His albums have explored every facet of rai, and have also incorporated funk, jazz, and reggae into the mix. Khaled had an international hit in '92 with the single "Didi." In more recent years, his songs have become rooted in more traditional rai sounds.

Track Listing

DISC 1 for Kenza (CD) Album By Khaled
1   Aalach Tloumouni
2   El Harba Wine
3   Beibl: C'Est la Nuit [Arab Version]
4   Trigue Lycee
5   E'dir E'sseba
6   Ya Asachkou
7   Melha
8   Raba Raba
9   El Bab
10   El Aadyene
11   Gouloulha-Dji
12   Mele H'bibti
13   Dewiche Tourneur

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Product note

1999 Album from Khaled, the King of Rai. This Album is a Collection of Various Atmospheres from Cairo, Paris to New York and London. Features Duets with Israeli Singer Noa, with Anglo-pakistani Singer Amar. First Single Composed by Jj Gold.

Product Notes

Since the early 1990s, rai pop star Khaled has steadily smoothed over the rough edges of the carefree North African dance-pop sound that brought him great acclaim--and criticism--in his homeland of Algeria. Since then Khaled has lived in Paris and aimed toward more Western horizons, exploring the sounds of R&B and reggae with mixed success. On Kenza, recorded mostly in Paris and London, Khaled has found just the right balance of Arabic elements and heavy Western rhythms--not to mention memorable melodies. In a move of taste and poise, he duets with Indian singer Amar. The effect is infectious as Khaled's vocals dance and tumble while a fire of horns, keyboards, strings, and percussion blazes on. Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy lends his talents to a few tracks, and the overall feel of Kenza is one of a rebellious Algerian rai star reaching full artistic maturity and grace. This is his finest yet. --Karen K. Hugg

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