Kenza [2005]

Kenza [2005]

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 harnessesSee more details below

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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.

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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

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Wrasse Records
UPC:
0875232005426
catalogNumber:
153
Rank:
238637

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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
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
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
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
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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