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Single by Khaled
from the album Sahra
Producer(s)Jean-Jacques Goldman
Khaled singles chronology
"Le jour viendra"
Music video
"Aïcha" on YouTube

"Aïcha" (/ˈʃə/; Arabic: عائشة‎; Algerian Arabic: عايشة‎) 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 am worth more than all that
Bars are bars, even if 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


Outlandish version[edit]

Single by Outlandish
from the album Bread & Barrels of Water
  • Mintman
  • Outlandish
Outlandish singles chronology
"Man binder os på mund og hånd"
Music video
"Aicha" on YouTube

In 2002,[9] the Danish hip hop band, Outlandish, recorded and released an English version of the song "Aicha" that was included on their album Bread & Barrels of Water . It was engineered, mixed & produced and musically performed by Mintman. The song peaked at #2 in the Mega Single Top 100 for two weeks and for three 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. "Aicha" (4:37)
  2. "Aicha" (Mintman Remix) (4:34)
  3. "Aicha" (Instrumental) (4:08)
  4. Outlandish feat. Majid & Asmaá - "El Moro" (5:24)


Chart (2003) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 2
Italy (FIMI)[15] 42
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 3
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[17] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 17
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 74
Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[23] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[24] 21
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 4

Other versions[edit]

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

  • The French version was performed by Khaled with fellow Raï singer Faudel at the famous 1998 1,2,3 Soleils concert in Paris
  • A zouk version was made by Kassav'
  • A salsa version was made by Africando
  • A cappella versions by Penn Masala, Stanford Raagapella, Alaa Wardi,[27] and Aquabella
  • Indian/Dubai based singer, Rayshad Rauf adapted Outlandish's chorus part in one of his Mashups Don't,[28]
  • A nasheed (Islamic) version by Omar Esa

It has been adapted to several other languages:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Khaled Ya-Rayi bonus DVD credits
  2. ^ Music video of the original single by Khaled on YouTube
  3. ^ a b c d e "Aïcha", in various singles charts Lescharts.com[permanent dead link] (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  4. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1997" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ 1996 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived October 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  6. ^ 1996 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2005-10-17 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  7. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived April 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  9. ^ Outlandish released their second album "Bread & Barrels of Water" September 9th, 2002
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Outlandish – Aicha" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Outlandish – Aicha" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Outlandish – Aicha" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 37, 2003" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Outlandish – Aicha" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Romanian peak". Archived from the original on 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2013-06-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 2003". austriancharts.at. Retrieved February 14, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2003". Ultratop. Retrieved December 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved December 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 2003". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved December 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 2003" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved December 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 2003" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved December 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2003 – hitparade.ch". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it6Ud6PDPes, retrieved 2015-12-03 Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqJ--vBaY2Y, retrieved 2016-09-20 Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ Muayad Jajo's "Aicha" on YouTubeElite Studios: August 2014)