Khaled – Ya-Rayi

In the which accompanies his latest release, ‘King of Raï’ compares the production of an album to both a fable and a country. If this album is a fable, the moral of the story is that we all live happily ever after. If this album is a country, get me a passport.


It shouldn’t be too hard: the immigration policy of the republic of Ya-Rayi is clearly a liberal one. There’s room for soul, rock, pop, smatterings of High Life and a very generous slice of alongside traditional Algerian grooves. Arrangements are just as eclectic, featuring (and this isn’t a comprehensive list) piano, fender rhodes, Spanish and electric guitars, Arabian string orchestras (specially recorded in Cairo), West-African style backing vocals, every kind of percussion, accordion, bano, charanga, bouzouki, derbouka, ney, even cornemuse (traditional French bagpipes) and best of all, brass arrangements to make James Brown blush. The bass playing of Michel “Mishko” M’Ba (throughout the album but maybe most of all on El Ghira) deserves a special mention here.
Ya-Rayi also has an enlightened approach to its senior citizens. In an approach reminiscent of Social Club, Khaled has turned to the idols of his Algerian childhood, singer Blaoui Houari and pianist Maurice El Medioni, both almost unknown in the in which Khaled has made his home, for collaborations on the album. El Medioni’s decorative piano opens the disc on the uncharacteristically gentle and lilting Mani Hani, like a whiff of smoke from a shisha pipe or a sip of strong mint tea, and Houari joins Khaled for a duet on the classic H’Mama. The spirit of tribute to the motherland runs through an album which was codenamed Back to by its record producers, and conceived in the wake of devastating earthquakes in in 2003. According to Khaled, the song lyrics have more to do with and home than the more standard romantic themes of Raï.
Given all this, you might expect an album somewhat burdened by reverence for tradition, or by the breadth of its influences, but nothing could be further from the truth. This is free-spirited, high-energy pumping party music. There’s no sense of a fear of vulgarity, but thanks to the musicality of everyone concerned and especially co-producer Don Was and co-arranger Philippe Eidel, also no vulgarity, even with the cast of thousands that makes this album the celebration it is.
In addition to the making of the album, the DVD includes an engaging review of Khaled’s French career and videos of his two biggest hits, Didi (this video is not to be missed – I’ll say no more than that) and AÔcha, as well as his appearance alongside fellow Raï stars Faudel and in the historic 1998 concert 1,2,3 Soleil. Apart from some fascinating insights into the painfully slow liberalisation of France’s radio and club scene, the central character that emerges is as sympathetic as his singing is beautiful, smiling constantly and seeming to share a secret joke with us. Maybe it’s something to do with those shirts.

  • younes nassi

    salam o3alikoum chab khaled moi je suis de marocian tanskoun fe madint khourebga saraha rak 3ziz 3lina bazaf obrina nsam3o ljadid dyalak olah ihafdak lina ana lmohim 3ziz 3lik natsant lak man kount srer tal daraja les ames ma appel moi chab khaled ewa sabhalah lmouhim daba laehafdak lina dima khaled secccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc

  • supestario

    khaled est le roi d’art de musik et de nos coeur
    voila le site (forum) du fan club du king
    http://www.khaled-fan-club.c.la
    (site en construction)
    enregistrer vous invitation ouverte a tout l?© gen ki aime khaled a tout s?© ch?©r fan c?© un espace de comunication d’amiti?© de musik d’art d’?©change de bcccc de choz
    vous ?©te chez vous
    vive le king

  • supestario

    salt mes amis khaled est le roi de l’art du musik et e nos coeur
    voila le forum du fan club veuill?© s’inscrire invitation a tout l?© fan du king
    http://www.khaled-fan-club.c.la
    (site en construction)
    vous ?©tes ch?© vous
    vive le roi et s?© fan adorable
    alah akbar!!

  • haroun boutadjine and slamou boutaa

    we love you and you stil the king ofthe algerin song.
    we hop to come to jijel and organize a party.
    haroun de texenna and slamou

  • abdo

    khalid le roi de pai mes chab hsni hsn mno bzzzzzzzzzzzaf c est mon avie abdo-2222@hotmail.com

  • allouch hassan

    salut klhaled je suis chens comme toi wallah comme toii

  • mouna

    j’aime bien khaled
    et je l’aimerais pour toujours

  • brahim

    bonjor cava kahled no u brahim

  • fettah

    slt khaled je s un grd amateur de music ray .le votre c superbe surtout des annee 1980 c vraiment superb

  • houda

    salut khaled je suis houda marocaine ag?©e 16 ans je t’aime beaucoup bon nuit

  • fedoua

    bonsoir khaled je suis une marocaine ag?©e de 24 ans et je suis une grande admeratricce de votre music et votre voix .j ai apris tous votre chansson (di di..wahrane.bakhta .ext)je vous souhaite une bonne contuniation je vous aime .bon nuit a vous et avotre famille le roi du raye.

  • karim

    sahha khaled sava bon courage
    vive l’algerie

  • Julia Rasec

    ol?° querido irmao, sou f?£ de seu trabalho, adoro suas musicas e seus clips.sou mu?ßulmana e moro no brasil.
    quero te deixar um forte abra?ßo e que Deus te aben?ßoe sempre.

  • hanan

    hallo:
    ich bin eine tunesiches m?§dchen aus frankfurt am main/ deutschland.
    Ich habe ein junge aus holland kennen gelernt..der sagte dass er sich mit ihnen gesungen hat??
    er hei?üt mohamed elkatib aus algerien. Er kennt sie, ich wei?ü nicht, aber ich m??chte wann ja ..eure gemeinsamen musik h??ren.
    kennen sie ihn??
    khaled..ich liebe ihre Musik besonderes Aicha..weil ich eine romantisches m?§dchen bin und liebe musik..was alles mit Liebe zu tun hat!!
    naja also..alles Gute und m??chte gerne von ihnen Antwort bekommen wann es geht???
    danke..viel Gl?ºck im weiteren Zukunft!!
    allah yahfdik ou yahmik et ykoun rabi m3ak!!
    hanan

  • rachidbad

    allah yhafdek ya khaled

  • timouche

    salut khaled je vouler te dire juste que tous que tu fat et super et continue bay

  • mehdi

    hi khaled , wir m??chten wibsite f?ºr handyclips bitte , wir lieben dich k??nen nicht bleiben ohne dich , herzliche gr?º?üe von casablanca f?ºr dich , wir warten s?º?üer…ciao meinen lieber senger.

  • mehdi

    ich mag dich khaled , du bist mein lieber senger , ich liebe dich sehr , sch??nen tag k??nig , wir warten was neu ha… by schwerlich senger… ich liebe dich!!!!!!!!

  • mehdi

    khaled le meilleur , je t’aime boucoup . vive khaled allah y7afdak la7babak…

  • ali

    pourquoi tu ne vient pas souvent au MAROC?
    je veux bien un repense

  • fatimazahra

    salut ca va cheb khald moi fatimazahra knt tanfr

  • housni

    tu est la meilleur le meilleur le meilleur…

  • nassim

    vous etre vrement un chanteur du rai

  • Oumar

    Bonsoir! Khaled
    Toujours chapeau ?† toi! continue et pers?©v?®re.Moi je suis en C?¥te d’ivoire et je suis ivoirien et nous t’aimons beaucoup ici!
    tu peux m’envoyer un e mail je veux cre?©r un fan club ici pour toi.
    Oumar

  • meriem

    bjr, j’ai l’honneur de vous demander l’e-mail de cheb khaled c tres important pour moi
    remerciements anticip?©s

  • jawad

    saluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut moi un prrsene j aime boukoub cheb khald un gronde chonteure de ray ; ou mem ton le roi de ray. merci jawad

  • otman

    salut

  • djamel

    khalad nigro nta momo aynia oich kach zatla oila habastha alah y3fo 3alina oi 3lik kach jadi rsali sahbak djamel x

  • younes nassi

    hola khaled tu es beun cantor en todo del mundo

  • adel25……..

    tu es vraiment oranaise et algerien malgr?© tous je suis fou de toi

  • ayoub

    slt khaled la verit?® rien a dirs tu es vraiment le king et voila mon blog regarde une plus belle stp et laches les com http://khaled-and-ayoub.skyblog.com et laches les commentaire stp a lfin bon chanse sur ta vie a+ ayoub

  • Hicham Baradai

    CIAO kHALED HAJ BRAHIM…!!COME VA LA VITA ??SPERO CHE TUTO TI VADA BENE !
    SONO STATO SEMPRE UN TUO AMMIRATORE ..ALLAH YEHAFDEK!!PERCH?® NON CI PROPONE I CAPO LAVORI DI INIZIO CARRIERA, SONO QUEI BRANI CHE CI HANNO FATTO INNAMORARE DI TE, SENZA NULLA TOGLIERE ALL’INNOVAZIONE (TUTTO VA BENE)PERO’ PERFAVORE RIAVVIVA I BRANI SCOMPARSI QUELLI CON STRUMENTI DA RAI ..RAI VERO….
    BUONA FORTUNA .
    ET N’OUBLIE PAS DE SALUER DES PETITES DE MA PART…CIAO CIAO.
    hICHAM.

  • youn?©s

    saluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut

  • Sophia

    Salut!!
    Je suis une marocaine, ag?©e de 23 ans, et je suis une grande admiratrice de votre music, d’autant plus que je suis originaire d’Oujda, fronti?®re entre la Maroc et l’Alg?©rie!!!
    Je trouve votre voix vibrante, et vos paroles magnifiques (Wahran par exemple)
    Je vous souhaite un bonne continuation!!!
    je vous adore!!

  • Sophia

    Salut!!
    Je suis une marocaine, ag?©e de 23 ans, et je suis une grande admiratrice de votre music, d’autant plus que je suis originaire d’Oujda, fronti?®re entre la Maroc et l’Alg?©rie!!!
    Je trouve votre voix vibrante, et vos paroles magnifiques (Wahran par exemple)
    Je vous souhaite un bonne continuation!!!
    je vous adore!!

  • ZAKARIA

    JE VEUX DES MUSIC

  • hamid

    salut khaled tat3jabni bazaf

  • mostapha

    quel est votre email?
    s’il vous plais

  • jarrari youssef

    ciao khaled je suis tres heureux de tes ecrire cette petite mots pour te dire que tu es un grand vedette pas comme les autres,je te souhaite une long vie plien de joix et de bonheur.Youssef-torino

  • anadam hassan

    salut khaled j espere que te va bien bon j vos chanson s tu es super walah

  • zinab

    stl je veus ton email

  • sudesh chander

    hi khaledi,
    iam ur great fan from india
    i luv ur songs especially n’ssi
    n’ssi and abdel khadr.please send ur reply.
    regards
    sudeshchander

  • abida

    salut ca va
    atamana laka ayam jamila ya malik rai khaled nigro
    bay bay
    la tansani ya khaled

  • lynda

    slt c moi lynda je veux l’e-mail de cheb khald il est tres important pour moi

  • santa

    khaled is bad motherfucker

  • hicham

    salut khaled je suis un fanne de toi

  • abde asamad

    salut chab khaled ca va ana kanbrik bazaf

  • jon david gilmour

    hello khaled you’r verry verry cool singer of rai music cool for your kind,ilike you,like your music im your fun continue khaled hadj brahim,i hope to write me bye…………..im not gilmour ghali of algeria

  • younes nassi

    salut

  • mohamed zairi

    tu bien chonteur moi chonter bien et je taime a toi

  • mahmoud hassan

    bonjour,
    hello thx to you khaled hadji ibrahim,i’m bass player from egypt and want to say thankes to you and to all the reall musician who give us real music all the time
    here maybe little people who listen to rai music but the people who listen like it very musch and i want to say that i’m very old listener to rai music from cotchy album and the records before wish you khaled to be in good health always and please try to made mors songs like (maddeh) we like the islamic songs like this thankes again khaled for your suffer to be khaled that we love alot bye

  • k-mel

    As algerian drummer ,i enjoy listening to khaled music that gives me always a lot of inspiration,it is a music you can listen non stop, without having enough of it.
    He used produces his music with great people out the music industry who i appreciate like don was,jjgoldman,the drummer tony wiliams out the previous album Aisha, zachary alfords, famous drummer from the american band B52.
    I always consider khaled as a sun-shining for the algerian youth.
    I say thank you khaled for your lovely music and arming rhythms.
    kamel from haarlem holland