born on 29/2/1960 in Oran, Wilaya d'Oran, Algeria

Alias Cheb Khaled
Cheb Khaled
Khaled Hadj Brahim

Khaled (musician)

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Khaled (musician)

Khaled Hadj Ibrahim (Arabic: , born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled, is a raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Oran in the square of Eckmühl in Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (Arabic for "Young Man" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title "King of Raï".[1] His most famous songs are "Didi", "Aïcha" and "C'est la vie".

International audience

Cheb Khaled's signature song, "Didi", became extremely popular in the Arabic-speaking countries and also in several other continents, including Europe, where it entered top charts in France, Belgium and Spain, and in Asia, including India and Pakistan. The song was also used in a Bollywood film titled Shreeman Aashiq. Khaled and Don Was appeared on the The Tonight Show on February 4, 1993.[2] Cheb Khaled's 1995 hit. The latter track, which saw heavy rotation on MTV Europe and climbed to fourth on the charts in Germany, The Legendary King of Rai, Cheb Khaled is a winner of many prestigious awards, and has sold over 46 million albums worldwide including 10 diamond, platinum, and gold albums,in 2010 he performed Didi at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Chab Khaleds new album Cest La Vie has sold a million copies in the European market after only two months. The album contains a message of tolerance, love and peace, staying away from the themes of conflict that many other artists in the Arab world explore. Khaled tried to convey what Algerian and Moroccan immigrants suffer in Europe through the album, and thinks that this is the reason behind the albums huge commercial success. Cest La Vie is Khaleds first album after a five year break from recording during presidential elections in France and the Arab spring.


This discography does not include a number of albums released on cassette in Algeria early in his career, and several bootleg/unofficial albums.

Studio albums

as Cheb Khaled
  • 1985: Hada Raykoum
  • 1985: Moule El Kouchi
  • 1988: Fuir, Mais Où?
  • 1988: Kutché - with Safy Boutella
as Khaled
Year Album Charts Certification
1992 Khaled
1993 N'ssi N'ssi
1996 Sahra 24 7 3 33 26
1999 Kenza 49 57
2004 Ya-Rayi 41 52 70
2009 Liberté 95 51
2012 C'est la vie 27 18 96
"" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released

Live albums

Year Album Charts Certification
1998 Hafla 28 29
Collaboration live album
Year Album Charts Certification
1999 1, 2, 3 Soleils
(credited to Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
14 4

Compilation albums

  • 1000: Ya Taleb
  • 1891: Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled
  • 101: Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled 2
  • 1993: S'hab El Baroud
  • 1994: Kaisse Wa Laila
  • 2005: Forever King
  • 2005: Spirit of Rai
  • 2005: Les Annees Rai
  • 2006: Salou Ala Nabi
  • 2006: Maghreb Soul - Cheb Khaled Story 1986-1990
  • 2006: Anajit Anajit
  • 2007: Best of Khaled
  • 2009: Rebel of Raï - The Early Years
  • 2010: Cheb Khaled - Double Best


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1988 "Chebba" / "Baroud"
(Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella)
"Le Camel"
(Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella)
1992 "Didi" 9 29 30 Khaled
"Ne m'en voulez pas"
"Mauvais sang"
1993 "Serbi Serbi" N'ssi N'ssi
1994 "N'ssi N'ssi"
1995 "Bakhta"
1996 "Aïcha" 25 1 1 14 11 Sahra
1997 "Ouelli El Darek" 23
"La poupé qui fait non (live)"
(Mylène Farmer & Khaled)
5 6 Mylène Farmer's album
Live à Bercy
"Le jour viendra" 12 24 Sahra
1998 "Abdel Kader (Live à Bercy)"
(Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
36 6 Joint album 1, 2, 3 Soleils
by Taha / Khaled / Faudel
Original by Khaled alone
in his album N'ssi N'ssi
1999 "Comme d'habitude"
(Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
40 40 Joint album 1, 2, 3 Soleils
by Taha / Khaled / Faudel
"C'est la nuit" 35 29 Kenza
2000 "El harba wine"
(feat. Amar)
"Les ennemis (el Aâdyene)"
(Khaled vs. Fonky Family)
63 Single only
2001 "Wana wana" 97
2004 "Ya-Rayi" Ya-Rayi
"Zine Zina"
2007 "La terre a tremblé" Best of Khaled
2009 "Même pas fatigué !!!"
(Magic System & Khaled)
10 1 49 Non-album release
(cover of Blaoui Houari)
2012 "C'est la vie" 5 5 4 92 34 33 C'est La Vie
"Hya hya"
(feat. Pitbull)
"Dima Labess"
(featuring Mazagan)
Featured (charting hits only)
Year Single Charts Certification Album
2006 "Henna"[5]
(Cameron Cartio feat. Khaled)
86 9 Cameron Cartio's album

Appearances / Featured in

Year Song Main artist Album
1990 "Be Not Afraid" The Blow Monkeys Springtime for the World
1992 "Amdyaz" Hector Zazou Sahara Blue
1995 "Revolution, Revolutions"
"ElDorado" (UNESCO official anthem)
Jean Michel Jarre Concert Pour La Tolerance
"Didi" (with Johnny Clegg) Various Artists Duos Taratata
"N'ssi N'ssi"
Various Artists Going Global Series Voila
"Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity mix)" U2 Melon: Remixes for Propaganda
1997 "La poupée qui fait non" Mylène Farmer Live à Bercy
"Chanson du herisson" Various Artists Emilie Jolie
"Mâardi" Various Artists Sol En Si (Solidarité Enfants Sida)
1998 "Ensemble (Understand)"
Alan Stivell 1 Douar
"Oasis de los Dioses" Ketama Konfusion
1999 "Bladi" Freeman (feat.
K-Rhyme Le Roi & Khaled)
L'palais de justice
"¡Oh Madre!" Tekameli Ida y Vuelta
"Albey" Amr Diab Amarain
2000 "L'aziza" Various Artists Balavoine Hommages ...
"Time for a Change" Various Artists
(The Rapsody feat. MC Lyte
& DaNaCeE & Khaled)
The Rapsody
"Emmenez-moi" Les Enfoirés XXème siècle
"Le rêve de mon père" Kertra Labyrinthe
2001 "Aich Rebel Sun" Various Artists Big Men, Raï Meets Raggae
2002 Ojos de la Alhambra
(Eyes of the Alhamra)
Vincente Amigo Ciudad de los Ideas
(City of Ideas)
"Saludo A Chango" Compay Segundo Duets
2004 "Agir Réagir" Various Artists Agir Réagir
"Retour aux sources" Kore & Skalp Raï'N'B Fever
"L'enfant du pays" Rim'K L'enfant du pays
"Dance with me" Enzo Avitabile & Bottari Save the World
2005 "Henna" Cameron Cartio Borderless
2006 "Mas and Louly" Diana Haddad Diana 2006
"Face à la mer"
(recorded in 1992)
Les Négresses Vertes À l'affiche (Best of),
"El Marsem" Enrique Morente Morente sueña la Alhambra (DVD)
2007 "Benthi" Mélissa Taxi 4
"Erjaii ya alf leila"
Bratsch Plein du monde
"Salam" Andy Airport
2010 "Citizens of the World" Flying Machines, King Sunny Adé,
Kailash Kher, Cheng Lin
Citizens of the World


Year Soundtrack song Film
1993 "Ragda"
"Mauvais Sang"
"Les ailes"
"Alech Taadi"
1, 2, 3, Sun
(French: Un, deux, trois, soleil)
"Didi" Caro diario
1995 "Didi" L' Âge des possibles
"Didi" Highway (1995)
"Les Ailes" Party Girl
1997 "Wahrane Wahrane"
"Cameleons" (with Cheb Mami)
100% Arabica
"Alech taadi" The Fifth Element
(featured in film, but not released on soundtrack album)
1999 "El Arbi" Vila Madalena soap opera
2000 "Wana wana aamel eih"
"Dour biha ya chibani"
Origine contrôlée
2002 "Ragda" The Truth About Charlie
"Minuit" The Good Thief
2004 De l'autre côté
2006 "Ya Dzayer"
"Mort de Messaoud"
"Sur la tombe"
"El Babour"
Indigènes (Days of Glory)
2007 "Benthi" (feat. Mélissa) Taxi 4
2012 "Wahran Wahran" The Dictator


  • 1997 100% Arabica
  • 2003 Art'n Acte Production


  • 1998 Khaled: Derrière le sourire


Below is a chronological list of awards won by Khaled

  • 1989 meilleure chanson (chebba) en france
  • 1989 top 100 best album in 20th century (kutché)
  • 1992 top 50 Mtv AMERICA (didi)
  • 1992 World Music Awards (didi)
  • 1993 Venice Film Festival 50TH - (Un, deux, trois, soleil)
  • 1994 César Award - best movie soundtrack
  • 1995 Victoires de la Musique (Artist of the Year)
  • 1997 World Music Awards (Song of the year) (Sahra album)
  • 1997 Victoires de la Musique (Song of the year) (Aicha)
  • 1997 Kora Awards best North African singer (Aïcha)
  • 1999 World Music Awards (1,2,3 Soleils) shared with Rachid Taha and Faudel
  • 2004 Grammy jam Awards (Khaled and Carlos Santana) (Love to the people)
  • 2005 R3 Awards BBC Awards for World Music - (Mid East & North Africa Winner)
  • 2005 Montreal International Jazz Festival (The Antonio Carlos-Jobim Award)
  • 2005 ImagineNations and DC Internationals (Empowering Award, for spreading the message of peace)
  • 2006 The Mediterranean Prize for Creativity
  • 2008 Award Dutch Virsti - German Academy of Music
  • 2008 MTV european music
  • 2009 NME Awards 2009 (meilleur duo) avec Magic System
  • 2009 MGM Awards (highest-selling Arab album in history) (The legendary) (Las Vegas)
  • 2009 Big Apple Music Awards (best Arab artist selling in United States)
  • 2009 European Hot 100 Singles 2009 (Billboard Awards) (with Magic System)
  • 2012 France Digital Songs (Billboard Awards)(C'est La Vie)
  • 2012 Kora Awards best North African singer (C'est La Vie)
  • 2013 Victoires de la Musique (C'est La Vie)
  • 2013 World Music Awards (C'est La Vie)
  • 2013 Murex D'Or 2013 - Best Internatioal Song & Best Iternational Singer - Cheb Khaled - (C'est La Vie)


  1. Gallucci, Michael (2012 [last update]). Kenza - Cheb Khaled | AllMusic. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  2. Today's TV Tips, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1993-02-04. URL accessed on 13 December 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Khaled discography
  4. Khaled discography
  5. ""Henna" song page

External links

  • Official website on (French)
  • Article on Khaled by Paul Tingen
  • Khaled lyrics on
  • FAO Goodwill Ambassador website
  • The first Khaled fans forum in English language
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