Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Cheb Khaled, Safy Boutella|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
There's a lot going on in this ambitious and successful cross-cultural collaboration between Algerian rai star Cheb Khaled, Algerian composer Safy Boutella, and French production wizard Martin Meisonnier. Khaled's slitheri... more »
There's a lot going on in this ambitious and successful cross-cultural collaboration between Algerian rai star Cheb Khaled, Algerian composer Safy Boutella, and French production wizard Martin Meisonnier. Khaled's slithering vocal improvisations are in full, Islamically incorrect effect over densely arranged old-school instruments (oud, violin, accordion, and many different drums) that Meisonnier and Boutella alter and echo within an inch of their former selves. Yes, it often sounds cluttered--but rai nearly always does. Khaled himself comes off supremely confident no matter how agitated his Arabic exhortations for liquor and sex. But it's his collaborators' apocalyptic dance-hall beats--especially on the sample-delic "La Camel" and "Minuit," a tango-rai inferno--that put the mustached melodicist over the top on this exciting and forward-looking 1989 album. --Richard Gehr
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Long live the King !
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 12/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A brilliant collaboration between Khaled and Safy Boutella, this is one of the most thrilling CDs I own. Boutella, known primarily for his film scores, co-wrote 3 of the tracks, and helped adapt 3 others, which are of traditional origin. He plays bass and synthesizer, and co-produced with the great Martin Meissonnier.
I concur with Meissonnier, who once said in an interview: "We're living through a golden age of ethnic music", and Khaled and Boutella are a major ingredient in the birth and continuance of the exciting and and creative music that is now available in the world music market.Khaled, known as the King of Rai (and after listening to this CD, you'll understand why), was one of the early pioneers of the genre, and comes into full bloom with this CD, which was recorded between 11/87 and 01/88, when Khaled was still in his "Cheb" days."Kutche", with it's contrasting rhythms, is an extraordinary track, and "Minuit", a song Khaled penned alone, has become my favorite of the lot. It's a spectacular tango beat blended with an Arabic melody.
"Minuit", "Baroud", and "Kutche" are also available on stupendous 4 disc set, "Absolute Rai", which contains 5 hours of top-notch music and is highly recommended for anyone who appreciates this type of music.
Other than recording info, there are no liner notes included; the sound is great, and total time is 42'41."
New music style launched ...
Ahmed Nabih Ahmed Elsayed | Egypt | 12/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd was the first for khaled in france and followed by his masterpiece album "Khaled" , his voice and the rhythems was very incredible , i recommend it for all ..."