Abdel Kader (song)

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"Abdel Kader"
Song by Khaled
from the album 'N'ssi N'ssi'
Released 1993
Recorded 1993
Label Barclay/PolyGram (Europe)
Songwriter(s) Traditional
Khaled Hadj Brahim
Mustafa Kada
Producer(s) Don Was
Philippe Eidel
"Abdel Kader"
Abdel kader single.jpg
Single by Rachid Taha, Khaled and Faudel
from the album 1,2,3 Soleils
Released November 9, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded September 26, 1998
Genre Raï
Length 5:12
Label PolyGram
Songwriter(s) Traditional
Khaled Hadj Brahim
Mustafa Kada
Producer(s) Steve Hillage

"Abdel Kader" (Arabic: عبد القادر‎‎) is an Algerian traditional song made famous by the Algerian raï artist Khaled. It is featured on his 1993 studio album N'ssi N'ssi. After his 1993 original album version, Khaled released a solo live version of "Abdel Kader" in his live album Hafla in 1998.[1]

The song gained further popularity after the live performance at Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy by Khaled, Rachid Taha and Faudel. The joint trio live version was included on the 1998 live album 1,2,3 Soleils.


The live version by Rachid Taha, Khaled and Faudel was released as a separate single in France reaching #6 in the SNEP, the official French Singles Chart. The song stayed in for 21 consecutive weeks in the French charts in the period November 1998 to March 1999, with 10 weeks of those in the Top 10. It stayed at #6 for the two weeks ending 5 and 12 December 1998.

Chart (1998-1999) Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[2] 36
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 6

In France, "Abdel Kader" was certified Silver in 1998 by SNEP, signifying sales of over 50,000 singles.[4]

Covers and samplings[edit]

The song has been subject to many covers and remixes and is popular in live performances of many Algerian artists.


The music of "Abdel Kader" has been used with new lyrics and slightly amended music adaptations in other songs. One of the most notable of these is "Mon Bled" by Rohff, Mohamed Lamine and Cheba Maria. The track appears in the inaugural release of the Raï'n'B Fever series in 2004 produced by Kore & Scalp.[5][6]


Various songs have also sampled on parts of the song, notably:

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