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Kenza
     

Kenza

by Khaled
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
King of Rai Khaled's fifth album 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. It's musically passionate, without ever becoming forceful (or, for that matter, involving).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
Label:
Ark 21
UPC:
0618685001221
catalogNumber:
850012

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Performance Credits

Khaled   Primary Artist,Keyboards
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
Kick Horns   Brass
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
E.J. Rodriguez   Tambourine,Shaker
Tim Sanders   Alto Saxophone
Annie Whitehead   Trombone
Randy Jacobs   Acoustic Guitar
Stephanie McKay   Background Vocals
Lati Kronlund   Background Vocals
Nabil Khalidi   Oud
Aziz Ben Salam   Ney
Christophe Battaglia   Background Vocals
Mahmoud Serour   Violin
Cyril Tarquiny   Guitar
Djaffar Bensetti   Trumpet
Aref Durvesh   Tabla

Technical Credits

Steve Hillage   Arranger,Producer
Bill Ware   Vibe Master
Jean-Jacques Goldman   Arranger,Producer
Kick Horns   Arrangement Collaboration
Hossam Ramzy   Arrangement Collaboration
Lati Kronlund   Producer
Jerome Devoise   Engineer
Christophe Battaglia   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Pete Hoffmann   Engineer
Jolly Mukherjee   String Arrangements
Mahmoud Serour   String Arrangements

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