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.

 

 

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