17/06/2009

Cheb Mami - Meli Meli (1998)

«The traditional music of Algeria is combined with Spanish, Moroccan, French, and Arabic influences to create the dance-inspiring sounds of “the Prince of Rai,” Cheb Mami (born Khelifati Mohamed). Cheb Mami's music was described in a press release from the ARK 21 record label, as “Arabic rock & roll retaining virtues of traditional music but infused with urban urgency.” Reviewing his 1999 album, Meli Meli, CMJ New Music Report wrote, “As perhaps Rai's most popular vocalist, Cheb Mami is one of the leaders of the pack, turning the genre into a futuristic dance/funk hybrid with the power to pack the dancefloors of North Africa, Paris, and New York.”

A native of Saida, a small village in southwest Algeria, Cheb Mami has been attracting attention with his soulful singing since his early teens. In 1971, he placed second in a talent contest organized by Ihan Wa Chabab. Despite recording several successful cassettes in the 1980s, he made little money from their sale. Frustrated by the music industry in his homeland, he soon began to consider alternatives. Although he served a stint in the Algerian military, he relocated to Paris, France, following his discharge in 1975. With the release of his first internationally-distributed album, The Prince of Rai, in 1989, Cheb Mami reached the upper echelon of Rai music. Cheb Mami has continued to take the Rai tradition to new heights.

One of the finest records of the wildly-heralded “Rai” movement, Meli Meli is a true vocal lovers record. Mami's voice is one of the most versatile and powerful in world-pop music today. His three-octave range is truly something to behold, and his use of it on such songs as "H'Rabti" and "Parisien Du Nord" (performed with rap singer K-Mel of Alliance Ethnique ) and others will leave you breathless. Originally released to platinum success in France, Meli Meli is an awesome document that shows why Mami is one of the most respected middle-Eastern artists in existence today.”» (AMG)

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Radu said...

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We're Late For Class said...

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Anonymous said...

He's just been sentenced to five years in jail for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend with two accomplices and forced her to abort...

Radu said...

I didn't know that, what a sad story. Anyway, I won't remove the post. If the man isn't flawless, after all he's paying for his crime. So, I guess he doesn't need a second judgement.

Radu said...

For We're Late For Class: I've just added you to my blogroll. sorry for the delay. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Far out, I didnt know that about Cheb either....terrible thing to be involved in.

Anyhows, thanks for the great up man, been looking for this one for some time.

Cheers from Bondi Beach,Austraia!

Tom said...

I forgot my manners! I downloaded this ages ago & have been enjoying it ever since. I just realised I had forgotten to thank you.

The news about Cheb Mami is sad and disturbing, but artists are often very different from the work they produce.

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