Didi (song)

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Single by Khaled
from the album Khaled
B-side "Wajabek"
Released 1991
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD single
Recorded MicroPLANT, Los Angeles, United States
Genre Raï[1]
Length 3:20
Label Barclay Records
Writer(s) Khaled
Producer(s) Don Was
Khaled singles chronology
"Ne m'en voulez pas"
Music video
"Didi" by Cheb Khaled on YouTube

"Didi" is a song written and performed by Algerian artist Khaled, released in 1992. The song was the lead single from the singer's eponymous album Khaled.

"Didi" peaked at number nine in the French Singles Chart and remained on the "Top 50" chart for 20 weeks, making it the first tune sung in Arabic to chart in France.[2] It also topped the singles charts in Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.[2]

The music video was directed by Philippe Gautier.

On April 3, 2015, Khaled was convicted with plagiarism, for Didi, a musical composition recorded by Cheb Rabah (born Rabah Zerradine) in 1988.[3][4][5] Cheb Rabah has also been compensated by Cheb Mami for plagiarizing his texts.[6]

Track listings[edit]

CD single[edit]

  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[edit]

  1. "Didi" (edit version) – 3:20
  2. "Wajabek" (unreleased) – 4:25

12" single[edit]

  1. "Didi" (Simenon mix) – 6:29
  2. "Didi" (Edit version) – 3:20
  3. "Wajabek" (unreleased) – 4:25


Chart (1992) Peak
Dutch Mega Top 100[7] 29
French SNEP Singles Chart[8] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 30

Brahim version[edit]

Single by Brahim
from the album Najaha
Released 2005
Writer(s) Khaled
Brahim singles chronology
"Lei lei"
Single by Brahim feat. Nessa
Released 2005
Writer(s) Khaled
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[edit]

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.


Chart (2006) Peak
Ultratop 50 Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[10] 10
Ultratip Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[11] Tip 5

Milk and Honey cover[edit]

Single by Milk & Honey
from the album Elbi
Released 2007
Writer(s) Khaled
Milk & Honey singles chronology
"Habibi (je t'aime)"
"7 seconds"
Music video
"Didi" by Milk & Honey on YouTube

The German duo Milk & 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)". A separate EP was also released.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Didi" 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

Other covers[edit]

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.[12]

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.

This song was sampled loosely in the 1994 film Brahma by Bappi Lahiri and Kavita Krishnamurthy called Suno Suno Meri Rani Ji.

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.

A 2016 Bollywood movie named Airlift covered this song in Hindi sung by Arijit Singh and Ankit Tiwari.


  1. ^ El Hamamsy, Walid; Soliman, Mounira, eds. (2013). Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook. Routledge. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-41550-972-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography: Khaled", RFI Musique, July, 2009
  3. ^ "à propos de sa chanson à succès Didi : Khaled condamné pour plagiat". El Watan. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Raï : Khaled condamné pour plagiat pour son tube « Didi »". Le Monde. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  5. ^ ""Didi" : comparez la version de Khaled et l'originale de Rabah". Nouvel Obs. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "La star du raï Cheb Mami et EMI condamnés pour plagiat". 20 minutes. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  7. ^ ""Didi", Dutch Mega Top 100" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  8. ^ ""Didi", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  9. ^ ""Didi", Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Brahim - Didi" (in Dutch). Belgiancharts. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brahim - Didi" (in French). Belgiancharts. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tatiana Perz - "Didi", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 13 August 2010.