Aïcha

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This article is about the song "Aïcha". For other uses and variants of the name, see Aisha (disambiguation).
"Aïcha"
Single by Khaled
from the album Sahra
Released 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre French pop music
Length 4:19
Label PolyGram
Writer(s) Jean-Jacques Goldman
Khaled
Producer(s) Jean-Jacques Goldman
Certification Diamond France, 1997
Khaled singles chronology
"Bakhta"
(1995)
"Aïcha"
(1996)
"Le jour viendra"
(1997)

"Aïcha" is the name of a song written by the French singer songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman. The title refers to an Arabic female name. The song was originally performed by Algerian raï artist Khaled. The original French single was never released in an album, though Khaled's 1996 album Sahra featured a bilingual version of the song sung in both French and Arabic. The Arabic lyrics for the bilingual version of the song are written by Khaled. Khaled's music video was directed by Sarah Moon.[1][2]

Lyrics / theme[edit]

The song's lyrics are about a woman named Aïcha, who is being wooed by a man. He promises her pearls, jewels, poems, and other luxuries and romantic things, to which she replies:

Keep your treasures
I'm worth more than all that
A bar is a bar, even if it's made of gold
I want the same rights as you
And respect for each day
I don't want anything but love

The song's chorus has the following words in French (with English translation):

Aïcha, Aïcha, écoute-moi = Aisha, Aisha, listen to me
Aïcha, Aïcha, t'en va pas = Aisha, Aisha, don't go away
Aïcha, Aïcha, regarde-moi = Aisha, Aisha, look at me
Aïcha, Aïcha, réponds-moi = Aisha, Aisha, answer me

The lyrics were all in French. The Arabic verse by Khaled (his own composition) added later is as follows:

نبغيك عايشة ونموت عليك (Nbghīk ʿāysha wanmūt ʿalīk) = I want you Aisha and would die for you
هادي قصية حياتي وحبي (Hādī ksayat ḥayātī waḥabbī) = This is the story of my life and my love
انت عمري وانت حياتي (ʾAnti ʿumrī wʾanti ḥayātī) = You are my years and you are my life
تمنيت نعيش معك غير انت (Tmannīt nʿaysh mʿāk ghayr ʾanti) = I wish to live with you, only you

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Aïcha" — 4:20
  2. "Aïcha" (version mixte) — 4:20

Charts[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Wannabe" by Spice Girls
French SNEP number one single
October 19, 1996 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Freed from Desire" by Gala
Belgian (Wallonia) number one single
October 26, 1996 – November 30, 1996 (6 weeks)

Outlandish version[edit]

"Aïcha"
Single by Outlandish
from the album Bread & Barrels of Water
Released 2003
Format CD single
Recorded 2003
Length 4:37
Writer(s) Jean-Jacques Goldman,
Khaled
Producer(s) Mintman
Music video
"Aïcha" on YouTube

In 2003, the Danish hip hop band, Outlandish, recorded and released an English version of the song "Aicha" which was included in their album Bread & Barrels of Water and was produced & and musically performed by Mintman aka Carsten Mortensen. The song peaked at #2 in the Mega Single Top 100 for 2 weeks and for 3 weeks in the Swedish Singles Chart. It also reached the top in Switzerland, and #3 in Austria and Norway and #8 in Belgium. A video was also shot for the single.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. Aïcha (4:37)
  2. Aïcha (Mintman Remix) (4:34)
  3. Aïcha (Instrumental) (4:08)
  4. Outlandish feat. Majid & Asmaá - El moro (5:24)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 8
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 3
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[13] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 1
End of year chart (2003) Position
Dutch Top 40[4] 13
Preceded by
"Where Is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas
"When We Were Winning" by Broder Daniel
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
September 12, 2003 – September 26, 2003
October 3, 2003 – October 24, 2003
Succeeded by
"When We Were Winning" by Broder Daniel
"Om du stannar hos mig" by Nina & Kim

Other versions[edit]

The original song has since been remade by several singers and bands:

It has been adapted to several other languages:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion
Victoires de la Musique
Song of the year

1997
Succeeded by
"Un homme pressé" by Noir Désir