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Kenza

KhaledAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 4, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ark 21
  • ASIN: B00004S94G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Since the early 1990s, rai pop star Khaled has steadily smoothed over the rough edges of the carefree North African dance-pop sound that brought him great acclaim--and criticism--in his homeland of Algeria. Since then Khaled has lived in Paris and aimed toward more Western horizons, exploring the sounds of R&B and reggae with mixed success. On Kenza, recorded mostly in Paris and London, Khaled has found just the right balance of Arabic elements and heavy Western rhythms--not to mention memorable melodies. In a move of taste and poise, he duets with Indian singer Amar. The effect is infectious as Khaled's vocals dance and tumble while a fire of horns, keyboards, strings, and percussion blazes on. Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy lends his talents to a few tracks, and the overall feel of Kenza is one of a rebellious Algerian rai star reaching full artistic maturity and grace. This is his finest yet. --Karen K. Hugg

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Khaled ~ Kenza

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another face of Khaled November 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I heard Khaled for the 1st time in Sahra, and I just fell in love with the guy's music. I couldn't wait for Kenza, and I find it to be very different from Sahra. There is definitely less of that reggea mix in Kenza, but Kenza is a whole lot more subtle than Sahra, as if Khaled's mood had changed like the wind in the Sahara. Some tracks I absolutely love, like "C'est la nuit". This ballad is very soulful and speaks to the heart. All in all, Kenza is another face of Khaled, and that is what I find fascinating, so many artists repeat themselves, it is both refreshing and intriguing to listen to an artist and feel both as if it was a new artist and and old friend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KHALED, INNOVATIVE AND BRILLIANT, AS USUAL. November 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What makes this guy a unique singer and a hit master is the element of surprise he provides to his fans. As usual, Khaled trys to introduce a new style and a new surprise to his fans. I have been a khaled fan for almost 7 years. I have been following his accomplishments and really enjoyed every single album he made. From his first mega hit album "Khaled", which included Didi, all the way until "Sahra", which included "Aicha", you can se how Khaled introduces something really surprising. He keeps you up-to-date to enjoy his music. Unlike most singers that keep on repeating the same style in their albums over, and over, and over, Khaled always comes up with something new. You have to listen to his songs carefully in order to know that this songs really belongs to him because he sounds so different from each one song to another by having totally a new attitude.
In this latest official album, you'll enjoy totally a new music. Like El Bab, which is a mixture of Algerian Rai, and Jazz, with very mesmerizing rythems.
Although nobody seems to understand what he is singing (since he's singin in Arabic), he is a big hit world-wide. Can you imagine what whould happen if Khaled sings in English? I'm sure he can surpases Michael Jackson or Elvis Presly (in my openion). Khaled, keep up the good work,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun songs May 26, 2000
By Replay
Format:Audio CD
Mature sound and the best work of khalid. You may need to listen to the songs few times before you fall deeply in love with them. The Egyptian strings add new sound to Khalid, more Arabic if you like. A must buy for Rai fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Imagine' with oud? January 13, 2000
By HHK
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD in Paris. It has great tracks in it, especially the first five-six tracks. But it gets a little boring toward the end. If you haven't listened to Khaled before, I recommend you start with the previous LP called 'Sahra'. That LP shows all aspects of the Khaled. This Kenza seems to be more focused on world pop type of thing. It seems like a bold political statement for Khaled to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" with the Israeli singer Noa.But 'Imagine' with oud just sounds great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CD was way ahead of my expectations: June 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was completely blown away by this particular CD from Khaled. It brought a new knowledge of "Arabic/French" to my collection of Arabic music. The recordings were very articulate and clean, making the whole CD very listenable. The use of horns in a particular manner on a particular piece was especially vibrant. It brought me to think of the old "Chicago", "Steely Dan" horn arrangments, which were very uplifting themselves. All in all, i'm glad i made this purchase.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ACCOMPLISHED BUT DISAPPOINTING July 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Khaled's latest Cd is designed to mainstream rai with generous dollops of western pop-friendly sensibilities. Unfortunately, "Kenza" lacks depth; missing are many of the mournful middle-eastern inflections that made the Don Was produced "Khaled" more substantial and emotive. At times, "Kenza" threatens to delve into darker, more brooding areas but throughout "Kenza" it's usually the sunny, frothy upbeat melodies that wash over everything else and flatten out affect. Lost is the grit of a music which originated in the slums of Algeria as a voice for the voiceless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful stuff from Khaled May 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
One more wonderful disc from this heavenly voice. The cover of "Imagine" is so sweet, so hopeful. "C'est la nuit" is pure romance. Not as rocking as N'issi n'issi, but it smokes in a satisfying and sultry way. A must for lovers, dancers and lovers who dance.
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