|Birth name||Najim Amari|
|Born||18 January 1985|
|Labels||EMI/Virgin Music France|
|Associated acts||Salah Rahoui|
Najim Amari better known by the mononym Najim (Arabic: نجيم) also known as Cheb Najim (الشاب نجيم) (born in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France on 18 January 1985) is an Algerian/French raï singer. He is signed to EMI/Virgin Music France.
Najim was born in France to an Algerian father and a French mother. Upon his parents' separation, Najim, just 3 months old, moved to Algeria to live with his grandparents in Bordj Bou Arréridj, in east Algeria.
He started in music very young at 6 with his uncles who were accomplished musicians. He performed on many social occasions singing mostly Sétifian music. At 15 he accompanied his uncles on a musical tour that took him to major Algerian cities. He also appeared on shows on Algerian television.
in 2001, the 17-year-old Najim was reunited with his mother for the first time. In 2003, after finishing his studies, he moved permanently to France performing at different night spots in and around Paris. This is how he met Salah Rahoui (in Arabic صالح رحوي) who had written songs for Khaled, Cheba Zahouania, Cheb Sahraoui, Cheb Akil, Gipsy Kings. The resulting independent debut album of Najim in 2004 Kount Enhawes won great accolades and sold 8000 copies. Most of the material appears again in his first official studio album Hasbtak ana.
In 2007, with being signed to Virgin Music France, Najim came back with his second official studio album Saba again produced by Salah Rahoui retro and modern sounds with great help from established names in raï. The album was notable for collaboration including Albi Montana and Larsen. He also found great support when the great diva of rai music Cheikha Rimitti sang a duo with him in the second album in the song "N'rouhou N'zourou".
In 2007, he is featured in a French remake of "Suddenly" a hit of the Swedish-Iranian Arash. Re-titled "Près de toi (Suddenly)", it is a multilingual song in French, English and Persian and contains a sampling of Algerian classic "Abdel Kader" with Arash featuring Najim and Swedish-Mexican star Rebecca Zadig
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- 2004: "Jusqu'au bout du monde" (Willy Denzey & Najim)
- 2009: "Près de toi (Suddenly)" (with Arash and Rebecca) (EMI/Virgin)
- 2011: "Oulach oulach khallouna tranquille"
- 2015: "Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai"
Appearances / Collaborations
- Willy Denzey and Najim - "Jusqu'au bout du monde"
- Najim & Kenza Farah - "Ya mama" (2004)
- Najim feat. Cheikha Rimitti - "N'Rouhou N'Zourou"
- Najim feat. Alibi Montana - "Twahachtek Bezef" (on his album Saba)
- Najim feat. Larsen - "Raha Walete"
- Najim with Arash & Rebecca Zadig|Rebecca]] - "Près de toi (Suddenly)"
- Les Déesses feat. Najim and Caloudji - "Ca c'est bon" (Les Déesses album Saveurs exotiques)
- Isleym feat. Rat Luciano & Najim - "Tu mérites mieux" (in compilation album Rai N B Fever 4) (2011)
- LaCrim feat. Najim - "Beauté fatale" (2013)
- Génération Bataclan - "Je prie pour Paris" (2016)
Some of Najim's songs have appeared on various compilations including Raï n'Funk (2006 compilation EMI Music France), on Coupé Décalé Mania, DJ Youcef's Raï A L'ancienne/Raï Nouvelle Génération, on Oran Oujda: Raï express, Arabianight 4 and on Urban raï and Urban raï Volume 2 (a Beur FM release).
- "La récolte de Najim" (in French). Radio France Internationale. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- Etoile Arabe article on Cheb Najim
- Radio France International: La récolte de Najim – Le changement dans la continuité (in French)