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Single by Khaled
from the album Sahra
Released 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Raï
Length 4:19
Label PolyGram
Producer(s) Jean-Jacques Goldman
Khaled singles chronology
"Le jour viendra"
"Le jour viendra"
Music video
"Aïcha" on YouTube

"Aïcha" (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'm 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


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]

Single by Outlandish
from the album Bread & Barrels of Water
Released 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Length 4:37
  • Mintman
  • Outlandish
Outlandish singles chronology
"Man binder os på mund og hånd"
"Man binder os på mund og hånd"
Music video
"Aicha" on YouTube

In 2002,[8] the Danish hip hop band, Outlandish, recorded and released an English version of the song "Aicha" that was included in 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)[9] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 3
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[14] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 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:


  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 c "Single top 100 over 1997" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  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. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived April 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  8. ^ Outlandish released their second album "Bread & Barrels of Water" September 9th, 2002
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Outlandish – Aicha" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Outlandish – Aicha" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Musicline.de – Outlandish Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Outlandish – Aicha" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". VG-lista.
  14. ^ "Romanian peak". Archived from the original on 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". Singles Top 100.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it6Ud6PDPes, retrieved 2015-12-03  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqJ--vBaY2Y, retrieved 2016-09-20  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Muayad Jajo's "Aicha" on YouTubeElite Studios: August 2014)
Preceded by
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion
Victoires de la Musique
Song of the year

Succeeded by
"Un homme pressé" by Noir Désir