Midweek Music Moment: Cheb Khaled

While recently watching one of my top 5 science fiction films 1997’s ‘The Fifth Element’, I was reminded of this wonderful piece of music from popular Algerian singer, Cheb Khaled.

 

 

It’s used during the Korban Dallas (Bruce Willis) police chase taxi scene, ‘If they don’t chase you after a mile, they won’t chase you’.

 

Rai is a form of Algerian folk music from the 1920s that was traditionally sung by men, but these days females singers are quite common.

 

Khaled was the first rai singer to achieve international success and is often known as the 'King of Rai'.

Khaled was the first rai singer to achieve international success and is often known as the ‘King of Rai’.

 

Khaled’s most famous song is his 1993 hit ‘Didi’.

It swept through 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.

 

 

Movie Review: Logan

‘Logan’ is the latest in the X-Men franchise, and the last for a sombre and battle-weary Wolverine.

Gritty and extremely violent, this is the first X-Men to be rated R for it’s highly graphic and brutal violence – some of which is dished out by kids. (This is my only negative comment for the film).

 

Logan (2017) Hugh Jackman FRAMEGRAB FROM TRAILER

We meet Wolverine as a tired, heartbroken and haunted man. He doesn’t heal like he once did and cringes at his superhero fame.

 

Set in a distant future where most mutants are gone, Wolverine (in an outstanding performance by Hugh Jackman) is a broken superhero who suffers from nightmares, alcoholism and a constant simmering rage.

His days are spent hiding out along the Mexican border taking care of a dying and frequently incoherent, Professor X (played with great frailty and yet strength by Patrick Stewart).

 

Professor X is suffering from seizures so severe that they've had to conceal him inside a giant metal drum for protection - and everyone else's.

Professor X is suffering from seizures so severe that they’ve had to conceal him inside a giant metal drum for his protection – and everyone else’s.

 

Their lives in exile are turned upside down when child mutant, Laura (in a spectacular debut from Dafne Keen) comes on the scene.

 

Laura is both fierce and vulnerable. At times enacting a ferocious revenge on those who have harmed her, and at others wanting nothing more than a safe hand to hold.

Laura is both fierce and vulnerable. At times enacting a ferocious revenge on those who have harmed her, and at others wanting nothing more than a safe hand to hold.

 

Boldly directed by James Mangold (‘Wolverine’, ‘3:10 to Yuma’, ‘Copland’), Wolverine has lived an incredible character arc and ‘Logan’ is a game-changing example of how far you can really take a superhero character.

Let’s hope this leads the way for other superhero franchises!

Still playing cinemas and you can check out the official trailer here: