Cheb i Sabbah

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Cheb i Sabbah
Birth name Serge El Beze[1]
Born (1947-08-07)August 7, 1947
Constantine, French Algeria
(now Algeria)
Died November 6, 2013(2013-11-06) (aged 66)
San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Global Electronica
Occupation(s) DJ, composer, producer
Years active 1989–2013
Labels Six Degrees

Cheb i Sabbah[2] (August 7, 1947 – November 6, 2013)[3] was a DJ and composer/producer known for combining Asian, Arabian, and African sounds into his compositions. Sabbah was of Jewish and Berber descent.[2][4] He was born in Algeria and came from a family of musicians.[5] When he was a teenager, Sabbah moved to Paris and, in 1964, began his career DJing American soul music records.[6] In 1984, he settled as a DJ in San Francisco.[4] In 1989 he began using the stage name "Cheb i Sabbah", which translates to "young of the morning".[7] He has seven recordings on the Six Degrees Records label.

Sabbah's performances included live musicians, dancers and massive projected visuals, backing up his electronic music.[8] He was nominated for the BBC's 2006 Award for World Music in the Club Global category.[9]

His song "Toura Toura: Nav Deep Remix" was featured in soundtrack of Fifa 08 as well as Cricket 07.

Sabbah was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer in May 2011.[1] He died on November 6, 2013 in San Francisco.[10]


  • Shri Durga (1999)
  • Maha Maya-Shri Durga Remixed (2000)
  • Krishna Leela (2002)
  • Krishna Leela Select (Bhajans) (2002)
  • La Kahena (2005)
  • La Kahena Remixed-EP (2005)
  • La Ghriba-La Kahena Remixed (2006)
  • Devotion (2008)
  • Samaya: A Benefit Album For Cheb i Sabbah (2012)


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