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a couple of weeks later, i stumble into the wedding reception and this band strikes up a dead-on perfect version of "serbi serbi." they had everything but the steel guitar. threw in a cover of "n'ssi n'ssi" to prove it wasn't fluke. came up to me afterwards and asked if i had anymore khaled tapes. wanted to learn more songs. heard that they now cover "didi" and "aisha" as well.
true story II: my buddy, who doesn't speak a word of arabic, walks into my house and "serbi serbi" comes up on the player. "this guy has lost his girl." i guess some things are universal.
the lesson in all of this, is if you're interested in hearing some new music, or rai, or khaled, or you're just the Writer from running times who wants to know what world record marathoner khaled khannouchi listens to in his car, check this out. you won't be disappointed. i've got african wedding bands and college professors the world over as my witnesses.
However, if all Khaled did was mix American funk production with traditional music, he would be just another good world music artist. But try to wrap your mind around a mélange of North African arab lyrics and insruments that incorporate funk, tango, jazz, and Mediterranean salsa, backed by a doumbec percussion, played by an airtight band that just locks every time.
I'm ready for the concert!
The rest of the entire album is just as rewarding for the listener as well. Khaled's music not only transcends styles or genres in pop,Arabic, electronica, etc. but it is true that music like this is universally global !I never knew what Rai music was about or what it sounded like (I'm sure I need more education on it). However, I know what I like...and to just "like" this 1993 Khaled project is an understatement. From the first to the last track on the first listen of the entire disc left me in a mesmerized and impressionable daze !Do not pass this gem up nor take it at face value for it's intoxicating and danceable pop rhythms; It is so much more. The helping hand from Don Was proves invaluable as well...
Now, I can truly understand when my friends (who are non-Spanish or do not speak or understand Spanish) used to say about listening to Spanish music,"That is beautiful music,though I don't understand the lyrics !" N'Ssi, N'Ssi c.d. jacket slip cover contains the lyrics from Arabic to English; The lyrics are poetically astounding in talking about broken hearts and other daily personal human experiences (in the English translation). I would only marvel at the possibility of hearing Khaled put out a project sung in English or Spanish. --- Anyway,it's all UNIVERSAL !...
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Enjoyable. CD booklet includes an English translation of the lyrics. Instrumentals are very good. On some songs his voice shows elements of chanting but that is not a negative... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ayre1
I like this album, is one of the best cd of multicultural taste of Khaled, Funky, pop, rock and tradicional music from this country all together with his incredible voice.Published on December 12, 2007 by Tremoglie Giuliano
Khaled was working with some theatrical production in France, and got the inspiration for El Marsem and Les Ailes. Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by A. Platkin
Or audio Hasheesh - take your pick.
One of the most nearly perfect albums I have heard in over four decades of eclectic listening. Read more
This CD is my first experience with rai music. I am now a devoted fan. The first song truly speaks to my heart. The second song KEBOU is my favorite on the album. Read morePublished on March 4, 2004
I bought this CD for the "alachi taadi" song from the fifth element. I was surprised to find other songs that are even better. Great MusicPublished on March 11, 2002
I can't believe Eric Serra would not include the "Taxi Cab Chase Scene" music of Alech Tradi on the 5th Element soundtrack. That's just as well. Read morePublished on February 2, 2002