Kenza [2005]

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Khaled has finally made the album we've been waiting for. It seemed that the undisputed King of Rai was in danger of losing his leading edge after his syrupy single "Sahra" a commercial confection penned by Celine Dion collaborator Jean Jacques Goldman became a European pop hit. What a wonderful surprise, then, that KENZA harnesses Khaled's lusty delivery and libidinous persona to the talents of such "underground" producers as Steve Hillage the savvy auteur behind Rachid Taha's punk-rai rock and Lati Kronlund of Brooklyn Funk Essentials whose Orientalist groove must have impressed Khaled when they met at an Istanbul concert. Sure, there are pop concessions: three ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Khaled has finally made the album we've been waiting for. It seemed that the undisputed King of Rai was in danger of losing his leading edge after his syrupy single "Sahra" a commercial confection penned by Celine Dion collaborator Jean Jacques Goldman became a European pop hit. What a wonderful surprise, then, that KENZA harnesses Khaled's lusty delivery and libidinous persona to the talents of such "underground" producers as Steve Hillage the savvy auteur behind Rachid Taha's punk-rai rock and Lati Kronlund of Brooklyn Funk Essentials whose Orientalist groove must have impressed Khaled when they met at an Istanbul concert. Sure, there are pop concessions: three Goldman numbers and an ill-advised cover of John Lennon's "Imagine." But elsewhere, KENZA is rich beyond compare: "Raba-Raba" is the most insinuating track he's cut since "N'ssi N'ssi," and the house-music piano and hand claps of "E'dir E'sseba" and "El Aadyene" make the most sophisticated funk he's ever laid down. Subsonic bass frequencies duel with Arab percussion, turntable scratches duke it out with oud and accordion, dub effects and Stax horns spar with downright hypnotic trance beats. Vocally, Khaled's at the top of his game, tearing into these thick grooves with relish. People, the King is back.
All Music Guide
"King of Rai" Cheb Khaled's fifth album, Kenza, was recorded all over the world: London, Cairo, New York, and Paris. Appropriately, the music takes on a globetrotting feel itself. Funk, pop, reggae, and Arabic music convene on Khaled's most accessible album, with aid from producers Steve Hillage and Brooklyn Funk Essentials' Lati Kronlund. Kenza
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • UPC: 875232005426
  • Catalog Number: 153
  • Sales rank: 271,455

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aâlach Tloumouni (5:04)
  2. 2 El Harba Wine - Amar (4:33)
  3. 3 C'est la Nuit (5:04)
  4. 4 Imagine (4:06)
  5. 5 Trigue Lycee (4:45)
  6. 6 E'dir E'sseba (5:49)
  7. 7 Ya Aâchkou (3:56)
  8. 8 Melha (6:07)
  9. 9 Raba-Raba (5:39)
  10. 10 El Bab (5:27)
  11. 11 El Aâdyene (5:37)
  12. 12 Gouloulha-Dji (5:39)
  13. 13 Mele H'bibti (6:29)
  14. 14 Derwiche Tourneur (6:06)
  15. 15 Leïli - "C'est la Nuit" (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Khaled Primary Artist, Percussion, Keyboards, Hand Clapping, Bendir, Karkabou, Indexed Contributor
Tony Allen Drums
Gail Ann Dorsey Bass
B.J. Nelson Background Vocals
Zachary Alford Drums
Bob Brockman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Simon Clarke Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chistopher Deschamps Drums, Background Vocals
The Kick Horns Brass
Hossam Ramzy Percussion, Latin Percussion, Egyptian Percussion
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
E.J. Rodriguez Tambourine, Timbales, Shaker, cowbell
Daniel Sadownick Conga, Tambourine
Tim Sanders Alto Saxophone
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Randy Jacobs Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Stephanie McKay Background Vocals
Josh Roseman Trombone
Lati Kronlund Bass, Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar, fender rhodes
Yancy Drew Drums
Nabil Khalidi Oud, Karkabou
Christophe Battaglia Background Vocals
Mahmoud Serour Violin
Cyril Tarquiny Guitar
Dr. Maggid Serour Qanoun
Masa Shimizu Guitar
Djaffar Bensetti Trumpet
Morris Eskander Violin
Aref Durvesh Tabla
Yasser Taha Cello
Taha Taha Cello
Technical Credits
Khaled Composer
Steve Hillage Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
John Lennon Composer
B.J. Nelson Vocal Arrangements
Zachary Alford Drum Fills
Bob Brockman Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Jean-Jacques Goldman Composer
Pete Hofmann Engineer
The Kick Horns Brass Arrangment
Hossam Ramzy Arranger, String Arrangements
Josh Roseman Horn Arrangements
Idir Composer
Lati Kronlund Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, beats
Jerome Devoise Engineer
Christophe Battaglia Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Jolly Mukherjee String Arrangements
Mahmoud Serour String Arrangements
Sylvain Taillet Executive Producer
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