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Khaled in concert.
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Khaled in concert.

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Khaled album cover of 2009.
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Khaled album cover of 2009.

Music example
Didi (1992)
Liah Liah (1992)
Aicha (1996)
Studio albums
Hadha Raykoum 1985
Kutche (with Safy Boutella 1988
Khaled 1992
N'ssi N'ssi 1993
Sahra 1996
Kenza 1999
Ya-Rayi 2004

(February 29, 1960, Oran- ) Algerian musician and singer.
The leading musician and developer of the music form raï. Khaled has been central in both the development of the cheb-singer movement (from Arabic shabb (young)) as well as been adding elements to the more traditional raï music style.
Khaled started early with music, and learned to play guitar, bass, accordion, and the harmonica already as a child. His first recording, La route de lycée, at only 14, brought him much attention around Algeria. He took the title cheb.
Cheb Khaled soon started to experiment with a mixture of the traditional raï and Western sounds and instruments. Especially effective did synthesizers and electric guitars turn out to be.
His music was put under the censorship of the government of Algeria until 1983. Later, it were militant Islamists who disapproved of the raï performed by Cheb Khaled and other musicians. Cheb Khaled felt that his life could be in danger.
In 1990 Cheb Khaled managed to move to France, from where he was able to launch his international career.
His music continued to develop, and elements like jazz and hip hop were added. In 1992 he had his great international breakthrough with the single Didi, and the album Khaled. At this point he had removed "Cheb" from his artist name.
Later albums of Khaled have been drastically less successful than Khaled, both artistically and commercially. But he had his greatest hit so far in 1996, with Aïcha.

By Tore Kjeilen