Khaled (musician)

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Khaled
خالد
Cheb Khaled performed in Oran on July 5th 2011.jpg
Background information
Native name خالد حاج إبراهيم
Birth name Khaled Hadj Ibrahim
Also known as Cheb Khaled, Khaled
Born (1960-02-29) 29 February 1960 (age 54)
Origin Sidi El Houari, Oran, Algeria
Genres Raï, pop, blues, jazz
Occupations Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist
Instruments Guitar, drums, banjo, violin, harmonica, accordion, synthesizer
Years active 1970s–present
Labels Universal
Website khaled-lesite.com

Khaled Hadj Ibrahim (Arabic: خالد حاج إبراهيم‎, born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled, is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (الشاب خالد, Arabic for "Young Man" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title "King of Raï".[1] His most famous songs are "Didi", "Aïcha" and "C'est la vie".

Biography[edit]

Khaled Hadj Ibrahim was born in 1960 in Oran's Eckmühl neighborhood. At the age of fourteen, he founded the Cinq Étoiles (Five Stars) band and started performing in nightclubs and during marriages.

In the 1980s, Khaled started producing and singning raï songs. After he was threatened by Islamists, Khaled moved to France in 1986.

On January 12, 1995, Khaled married Samira Diabi, 27, with whom he has 4 daughters and 1 son.

In 1998, the documentary Khaled: Derrière le sourire was produced, recounting Khaled's life.

He was awarded Moroccan citizenship in August 2013,[2] which he never asked for and only accepted because he felt he could not refuse.[3]

International audience[edit]

Khaled's signature song, the 1993 hit "Didi", became extremely popular in the Arabic-speaking countries and also in several other continents, including Europe, where it entered top charts in France, Belgium and Spain, and in Asia, including India and Pakistan. The song was also used in a Bollywood film titled Shreeman Aashiq. Khaled and producer Don Was appeared on the The Tonight Show on 4 February 1993.[4] The latter track, which saw heavy rotation on MTV Europe, climbed to fourth on the charts in Germany. Known as the 'King of Rai', Khaled is a winner of numerous awards, and has sold over 80.5 million albums worldwide including 10 diamond, platinum, and gold albums. In 2010 he performed Didi at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, making him one of the best selling Arabic language artists of all time.

In 2012 Khaled’s album C’est la vie sold over one million copies in the European market alone after only two months and sold 2.2 million copies in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as 200,000 in the United States, for an estimated 4.6 million worldwide sales. With a record million downloads of the hit single "C'est la vie" on European and Canadian iTunes, the album reached number 5 on the Billboard top France Songs. The album contains a message of tolerance, love and peace, staying away from the themes of conflict that many other artists in the Arab world explore. Khaled tried to convey what Algerian immigrants suffer in Europe through the album and believes this is the reason behind the album's huge commercial success. C’est la vie was Khaled’s first album after a five-year break from recording during 2011 presidential elections in France and the Arab Spring.

Discography[edit]

This discography does not include a number of albums released on cassette in Algeria early in his career, and several bootleg/unofficial albums.

Studio albums[edit]

as Cheb Khaled
as Khaled
Year Album Charts Certification
BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
FRA
[5]
NED SUI
1992 Khaled
1993 N'ssi N'ssi
1996 Sahra 24 7 3 33 26
1999 Kenza 49 57
2004 Ya-Rayi 41 52 70
2009 Liberté 95 51
2012 C'est la vie 27 18 96
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released

Live albums[edit]

Solo
Year Album Charts Certification
BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
FRA
[5]
1998 Hafla 28 29
Collaboration live album
Year Album Charts Certification
BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
FR[5]
1999 1, 2, 3 Soleils
(credited to Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
14 4

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1000: Ya Taleb
  • 1891: Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled
  • 101: Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled 2
  • 1993: S'hab El Baroud
  • 1994: Kaisse Wa Laila
  • 2005: Forever King
  • 2005: Spirit of Rai
  • 2005: Les Annees Rai
  • 2006: Salou Ala Nabi
  • 2006: Maghreb Soul - Cheb Khaled Story 1986-1990
  • 2006: Anajit Anajit
  • 2007: Best of Khaled
  • 2009: Rebel of Raï - The Early Years
  • 2010: Cheb Khaled - Double Best

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
FRA
[5]
GER NED SWE
[6]
SUI
1988 "Chebba" / "Baroud"
(Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella)
23 25 1 88 5 7 11 Kutché
"Le Camel"
(Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella)
1992 "Didi" 9 29 30 Khaled
"Ne m'en voulez pas"
"Mauvais sang"
1993 "Serbi Serbi" N'ssi N'ssi
"Chebba"
1994 "N'ssi N'ssi"
1995 "Bakhta"
1996 "Aïcha" 25 1 1 33 14 11 Sahra
1997 "Ouelli El Darek" 33 45 23 21 12 10 66
"La poupée qui fait non (live)"
(Mylène Farmer & Khaled)
5 6 8 Mylène Farmer's album
Live à Bercy
"Le jour viendra" 12 24 20 14 36 Sahra
"Lillah"
1998 "Abdel Kader (Live à Bercy)"
(Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
36 6 Joint album 1, 2, 3 Soleils
by Taha / Khaled / Faudel
Original by Khaled alone
in his album N'ssi N'ssi
1999 "Comme d'habitude"
(Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
40 40 Joint album 1, 2, 3 Soleils
by Taha / Khaled / Faudel
"C'est la nuit" 35 29 Kenza
2000 "El harba wine"
(feat. Amar)
20
"Les ennemis (el Aâdyene)"
(Khaled vs. Fonky Family)
63 Single only
2001 "Wana wana" 97
2004 "Ya-Rayi" 12 11 14 36 25 80 Ya-Rayi
"Zine Zina" 12 22 18 23 58 12 23
2007 "La terre a tremblé" Best of Khaled
2009 "Même pas fatigué !!!"
(Magic System & Khaled)
10 1 49 Non-album release
"Papa"
(cover of Blaoui Houari)
Liberté
2012 "C'est la vie" 5 5 4 3 92 34 33 C'est La Vie
"Hya hya"
(feat. Pitbull)
"Dima Labess"
(featuring Mazagan)
Featured (charting hits only)
Year Single Charts Certification Album
BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
FR NED SWI
2006 "Henna"[7]
(Cameron Cartio feat. Khaled)
86 9 Cameron Cartio's album
'Borderless

Appearances and featured in[edit]

Year Song Main artist Album
1990 "Be Not Afraid" The Blow Monkeys Springtime for the World
1992 "Amdyaz" Hector Zazou Sahara Blue
1995 "Revolution, Revolutions"
"ElDorado" (UNESCO official anthem)
Jean Michel Jarre Concert Pour La Tolerance
"Didi" (with Johnny Clegg) Various Artists Duos Taratata
"Kebou"
"N'ssi N'ssi"
"Chebba"
Various Artists Going Global Series Voila
"Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity mix)" U2 Melon: Remixes for Propaganda
1997 "La poupée qui fait non" Mylène Farmer Live à Bercy
"Chanson du herisson" Various Artists Emilie Jolie
"Koubou Koubou" Various Artists The Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa
"Mâardi" Various Artists Sol En Si (Solidarité Enfants Sida)
1998 "Ensemble (Understand)"
"Crimes"
Alan Stivell 1 Douar
"Oasis de los Dioses" Ketama Konfusion
1999 "Bladi" Freeman (feat.
K-Rhyme Le Roi & Khaled)
L'palais de justice
"¡Oh Madre!" Tekameli Ida y Vuelta
"Albey" Amr Diab Amarain
2000 "L'aziza" Various Artists Balavoine Hommages ...
"Time for a Change" Various Artists
(The Rapsody feat. MC Lyte
& DaNaCeE & Khaled)
The Rapsody
"Emmenez-moi" Les Enfoirés XXème siècle
"Le rêve de mon père" Kertra Labyrinthe
2001 "Aich Rebel Sun" Various Artists Big Men, Raï Meets Raggae
2002 Ojos de la Alhambra
(Eyes of the Alhamra)
Vincente Amigo Ciudad de los Ideas
(City of Ideas)
"Saludo A Chango" Compay Segundo Duets
2004 "Agir Réagir" Various Artists Agir Réagir
"Retour aux sources" Kore & Skalp Raï'N'B Fever
"L'enfant du pays" Rim'K L'enfant du pays
"Dance with me" Enzo Avitabile & Bottari Save the World
2005 "Henna" Cameron Cartio Borderless
2006 "Mas and Louly" Diana Haddad Diana 2006
"Face à la mer"
(recorded in 1992)
Les Négresses Vertes À l'affiche (Best of),
"El Marsem" Enrique Morente Morente sueña la Alhambra (DVD)
2007 "Benthi" Mélissa Taxi 4
"Bilovengo"
"Erjaii ya alf leila"
Bratsch Plein du monde
"Salam" Andy Airport
2010 "Citizens of the World" Flying Machines, King Sunny Adé,
Kailash Kher, Cheng Lin
Citizens of the World

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Soundtrack song Film
1993 "Ragda"
"Mauvais Sang"
"Kebou"
"Les ailes"
"Alech Taadi"
"Bakhta"
1, 2, 3, Sun
(French: Un, deux, trois, soleil)
"Didi" Caro diario
1995 "Didi" L' Âge des possibles
"Didi" Highway (1995)
"Les Ailes" Party Girl
1997 "Wahrane Wahrane"
"Cameleons" (with Cheb Mami)
100% Arabica
"Alech taadi" The Fifth Element
(featured in film, but not released on soundtrack album)
1999 "El Arbi" Vila Madalena soap opera
2000 "Wana wana aamel eih"
"Dour biha ya chibani"
Origine contrôlée
2002 "Ragda" The Truth About Charlie
"Minuit" The Good Thief
2004 De l'autre côté
2006 "Ya Dzayer"
"Mort de Messaoud"
"Nostalgie"
"Sur la tombe"
"El Babour"
Indigènes (Days of Glory)
2007 "Benthi" (feat. Mélissa) Taxi 4
2012 "Wahran Wahran" The Dictator

Filmography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Below is a chronological list of awards won by Khaled

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallucci, Michael (2012). "Kenza - Cheb Khaled | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Decret royal sur le bulletin officiel". Sgg.gov.ma. p. 2321. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Khaled, remis sur ses raï - Libération". Liberation.fr. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Today's TV Tips". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 4 February 1993. 
  5. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung. "Discographie Khaled". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Khaled". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Cameron feat. Khaled - Henna". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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