Didi (song)

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"Didi"
Single by Khaled
from the album Khaled
B-side "Wajabek"
Released 1992
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD single
Recorded MicroPLANT, Los Angeles, United States
Genre Raï
Length 7:45
Label Barclay Records
Producer(s) Don Was,
Michael Brook,
Tim Simenon
Khaled singles chronology
N/A "Didi"
(1992)
"Ne m'en voulez pas"
(1992)
Music video
"Didi" by Cheb Khaled on YouTube

"Didi" is a Raï song, written and interpreted by Algerian artist Khaled, released in 1992.

The song was the lead single from the singer's eponymous album Khaled, and later appeared on the live album 1,2,3 Soleils. The title was produced by Barclay Records and was a huge international success. The music video clip was directed by Philippe Gautier.

"Didi" peaked at number nine in the French Singles Chart and remained on the "Top 50" chart for 20 weeks, making it the first Raï song to chart in France.[1] It also topped the singles charts in Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.[1]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Didi" (edit version) — 3:20
  2. "Wajabek" (unreleased) — 4:25
  3. "Didi" (Garage mix) — 7:40
  4. "Didi" (Simenon mix) — 6:29
7" single
  1. "Didi" (edit version) — 3:20
  2. "Wajabek" (unreleased) — 4:25
12" single
  1. "Didi" (Simenon mix) — 6:29
  2. "Didi" (Edit version) — 3:20
  3. "Wajabek" (unreleased) — 4:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Dutch Mega Top 100[2] 29
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[4] 30

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists. The song has been covered in Turkish by Tarkan for his debut album Yine Sensiz, also covered in Persian by Andy for his album Laili, and in Greek as Giorgos Alkaios's debut single "Ti Ti". In the 1990s it was also covered in Albanian as "Ti më bën xheloz" by the Band Ilirët.

The title was also covered in Russian language by Tatiana Parez in September 2004, who released it as CD maxi.[5]

In 2005, the Moroccan Belgian Brahim released an English cover that charted in Belgium. It was also released by Brahim with added French lyrics by Nessa. And in 2007, a cover was released in English as CD maxi by German duo Milk & Honey.

Also there was an Urdu version of the song "Babia" by Sajjad Ali. Sudesh Bhosle & Vinod Rathod sang Ladki Ladki in the Hindi movie Shreemaan Aashique.

A Serbian have also been released by Dragana Mirkovic song "Baš tebe volim ja" from 1993.

The song was almost completely featured in the 1995 Malayalam movie, Highway, with actress Silk Smitha dancing to the tunes. Just prior to the song, there is a brief part which shows the original song video by Khalid, being played on a television set.

Milk and Honey cover[edit]

"Didi"
Single by Milk & Honey
from the album Elbi
Released 7 September 2007
Genre Dance music
Milk & Honey singles chronology
"Habibi (je t'aime)"
(2006)
"Didi"
(2007)
"7 seconds"
(2008)
Music video
"Didi" by Milk & Honey on YouTube

The German pop band Milk and Honey released an all English language version with completely new lyrics and arrangement. It appeared in the band's 2007 album Elbi and was the second single release from the album after the initial "Habibi (je t'aime)". "Didi" was released on 7 September 2007. A separate EP was also released.

Tracklist
  1. "Didi" (Radio Mix) - 3:27
  2. "Didi" (instrumental) - 3:29
  3. "Didi" (Algeris club mix) - 3:29
  4. "Didi" (m million mix) - 3:08
  5. "Didi" (tai jason mix) - 4:12

Brahim version[edit]

"Didi"
Single by Brahim
from the album Najaha
Released 2005
Genre Raï
Brahim singles chronology
"Loco"
(2004)
"Didi"
(2005)
"Lei lei"
(2005)
"Didi"
Single by Brahim feat. Nessa
Released 2005
Genre Raï, rap
Producer(s)
Music video
"Didi" by Brahim feat. Nessa on YouTube

The Moroccan-Belgian singer Brahim released a version of the song with added English language lyrics. The song reached #10 on the Ultratop 50 Belgian Singles Chart in 2005.

Brahim featuring Nessa

In a second release destined for the Moroccan market and the Belgian francophone markets (Wallonia), Brahim added a French language rap section featuring the artist Nessa.

Charts
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Ultratop 50 Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[6] 10
Ultratip Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[7] Tip 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography: Khaled", RFI Musique, July, 2009
  2. ^ ""Didi", Dutch Mega Top 100" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  3. ^ ""Didi", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  4. ^ ""Didi", Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tatiana Perz - "Didi", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop 50 - Brahim - "Didi" page" (in Dutch). Belgiancharts. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ultratop 50 Wallonia - Brahim - "Didi" page" (in French). Belgiancharts. Retrieved 16 February 2013.