Khaled Hadj Ibrahim (Arabic: خالد حاج إبراهيم‎, born 29 February 1960), better known by his stage name Khaled, is an Algerian musician, singer and songwriter born in Oran, Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (الشاب خالد, 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".[2] His most famous songs are "Didi", "Aïcha" and "C'est la vie" as well as "Alech Taadi", which was prominently featured in the feature film The Fifth Element.[13]

 

 

Biography

Khaled Hadj Ibrahim was born in 1960 in Oran's Eckmühl neighborhood, Algeria.[3] At the age of 14, he founded the Cinq Étoiles (Five Stars) band and started performing in nightclubs and at weddings.

In the 1980s, Khaled started producing and singing raï songs. He moved to France in 1986.

On 12 January 1995, Khaled married Samira Diabi, 27, with whom he has four daughters and one son.

In 1998, the documentary Khaled: Derrière le sourire was produced, recounting his life.

He was awarded Moroccan citizenship in August 2013,[4] which he didn't ask for but accepted because he felt he could not refuse.[5]

International audience

Khaled's signature song, the 1993 hit "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 films Shreeman Aashiq and Airlift and a Mollywood film titled Highway. Khaled and producer Don Was appeared on The Tonight Show on 4 February 1993. The latter track, which saw heavy rotation on MTV Europe, climbed to fourth on the charts in Germany. Known as the "King of Rai", Khaled is a winner of numerous awards, and has sold over 80.5 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, making him one of the best selling Arabic language artists in history. Khaled's music also experienced great popularity in Brazil, on the late 90's and early 00's, greatly due to the usage of some of his songs in TV shows. In 2012 Khaled’s album C’est la vie sold more than one million copies in the European market alone after only two months and sold 2.2 million copies in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as 200,000 in the United States, for an estimated 4.6 million worldwide sales. With a record million downloads of the hit single "C'est la vie" on European and Canadian iTunes, the album reached number 5 on the Billboard top France Songs. 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 immigrants suffer in Europe through the album and believes this is the reason behind the album's huge commercial success. C’est la vie was Khaled’s first album after a five-year break from recording during 2011 presidential elections in France and the Arab Spring.

Discography

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

YearAlbumChartsCertification
BEL(Fl)BEL(Wa)FRA
[6]
NEDSWI
1974Trig lycee 
1978Nenssa Souad 
1983Der Ghalta 
1985Khoude K'rak 
1988Kutché (with Safy Boutella) 
1992Khaled 
1993N'ssi N'ssi 
1996Sahra24733326 
1999Kenza4957 
2004Ya-Rayi415270 
2009Liberté9551 
2012C'est la vie271896 
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released

Live albums

Solo
YearAlbumChartsCertification
BEL(Fl)BEL(Wa)FRA
[6]
1998Hafla2829 
Collaboration
YearAlbumChartsCertification
BEL(Fl)BEL(Wa)FRA
[6]
19991, 2, 3 Soleils
(credited to Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
144 

Compilation albums

  • 1988: Ya Taleb
  • 1991: Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled
  • 1993: S'hab El Baroud
  • 1994: Le Meilleur de Cheb Khaled 2
  • 1994: Kaisse Wa Laila
  • 2005: Forever King
  • 2005: Spirit of Rai
  • 2005: Les Années 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

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
BEL(Fl)BEL(Wa)FRA
[6]
GERNEDSWE
[7]
SWI
1988"Chebba" / "Baroud"
(Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella)
23251885711Kutché
"Le Camel"
(Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella)
1992"Didi"92930Khaled
"Ne m'en voulez pas"
"Mauvais sang"
1993"Serbi Serbi"N'ssi N'ssi
"Chebba"
1994"N'ssi N'ssi"
1995"Bakhta"
1996"Aïcha"2511331411Sahra
1997"Ouelli El Darek"334523121066
"La poupée qui fait non (live)"
(Mylène Farmer & Khaled)
56Mylène Farmer's album
Live à Bercy
"Le jour viendra"12241436Sahra
"Lillah"
1998"Abdel Kader (Live à Bercy)"
(Taha / Khaled / Faudel)
366Joint 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)
4040Joint album 1, 2, 3 Soleils
by Taha / Khaled / Faudel
"C'est la nuit"3529Kenza
2000"El harba wine"
(feat. Amar)
20
"Les ennemis (el Aâdyene)"
(Khaled vs. Fonky Family)
63Single only
2001"Wana wana"97
2004"Ya-Rayi"1211362580Ya-Rayi
"Zine Zina"122218581223
2007"La terre a tremblé"Best of Khaled
2009"Même pas fatigué !!!"
(Magic System & Khaled)
10149Non-album release
"Papa"
(cover of Blaoui Houari)
Liberté
2012"C'est la vie"554923433C'est La Vie
"Hya hya"
(feat. Pitbull)
"Dima Labess"
(featuring Mazagan)
2016"Wahda Be Wahda"TBA
Featured (charting hits only)
YearSingleChartsAlbum
BEL(Fl)BEL(Wa)FRANEDSWI
2006"Henna"[8]
(Cameron Cartio feat. Khaled)
869Cameron Cartio's album
Borderless
YearSongMain artistAlbum
1990"Be Not Afraid"The Blow MonkeysSpringtime for the World
1992"Amdyaz"Hector ZazouSahara Blue
1995"Revolution, Revolutions"
"ElDorado" (UNESCO official anthem)
Jean Michel JarreConcert Pour La Tolerance
"Didi" (with Johnny Clegg)Various ArtistsDuos Taratata
"Kebou"
"N'ssi N'ssi"
"Chebba"
Various ArtistsGoing Global Series Voila
"Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity mix)"U2Melon: Remixes for Propaganda
1997"La poupée qui fait non"Mylène FarmerLive à Bercy
"Chanson du herisson"Various ArtistsEmilie Jolie
"Koubou Koubou"Various ArtistsThe Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa
"Mâardi"Various ArtistsSol En Si (Solidarité Enfants Sida)
1998"Ensemble (Understand)"
"Crimes"
Alan Stivell1 Douar
"Oasis de los Dioses"KetamaKonfusion
1999"Bladi"Freeman (feat.
K-Rhyme Le Roi & Khaled)
L'palais de justice
"¡Oh Madre!"TekameliIda y Vuelta
"Albey"Amr DiabAmarain
2000"L'aziza"Various ArtistsBalavoine Hommages ...
"Time for a Change"Various Artists
(The Rapsody feat. MC Lyte
& DaNaCeE & Khaled)
The Rapsody
"Emmenez-moi"Les EnfoirésXXème siècle
"Le rêve de mon père"KertraLabyrinthe
2001"Aich Rebel Sun"Various ArtistsBig Men, Raï Meets Reggae
2002Ojos de la Alhambra
(Eyes of the Alhamra)
Vincente AmigoCiudad de los Ideas
(City of Ideas)
"Saludo A Chango"Compay SegundoDuets
2004"Agir Réagir"Various ArtistsAgir Réagir
"Retour aux sources"Kore & SkalpRaï'N'B Fever
"L'enfant du pays"Rim'KL'enfant du pays
"Dance with me"Enzo Avitabile & BottariSave the World
2005"Henna"Cameron CartioBorderless
2006"Mas and Louly"Diana HaddadDiana 2006
"Face à la mer"
(recorded in 1992)
Les Négresses VertesÀ l'affiche (Best of),
"El Marsem"Enrique MorenteMorente sueña la Alhambra (DVD)
2007"Benthi"MélissaTaxi 4
"Bilovengo"
"Erjaii ya alf leila"
BratschPlein du monde
"Salam"AndyAirport
2010"Citizens of the World"Flying Machines, King Sunny Adé,
Kailash Kher, Cheng Lin
Citizens of the World

Soundtracks

YearSoundtrack songFilm
1993"Ragda"
"Mauvais Sang"
"Kebou"
"Les ailes"
"Alech Taadi"
"Bakhta"
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"
"Nostalgie"
"Sur la tombe"
"El Babour"
Indigènes (Days of Glory)
2007"Benthi" (feat. Mélissa M)Taxi 4
2012"Wahran Wahran"The Dictator

Filmography

Awards

Below is a chronological list of awards won by Khaled