Ya-Rayi

Ya-Rayi

by Khaled
     
 

Khaled is the biggest star of Algerian rai, and a global superstar these days. But as his fame increased, the quality of his music declined. The raw, emotive style that made him successful in the first place was smoothed off and he became an international pop icon whose rai was diluted. This time around, he's confounded expectations by making his best album in over… See more details below

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Khaled is the biggest star of Algerian rai, and a global superstar these days. But as his fame increased, the quality of his music declined. The raw, emotive style that made him successful in the first place was smoothed off and he became an international pop icon whose rai was diluted. This time around, he's confounded expectations by making his best album in over ten years. To be fair, it starts off tentatively with "Mani Hani," whose fake classical piano intro doesn't bode well for the rest of the track, but from the title cut onward it's a powerhouse. There's plenty of sophistication in the arrangements, but also a strong sense of rootedness. This is very definitely a rai record, flavored not only by Algeria but the entire Mediterranean -- sunny and overflowing with warmth. Khaled himself even plays accordion on several cuts. Good as most of the album is, "H'Mama" is the standout, with a mesmerizing vocal taqsim, or opening improvisation, from Khaled before the track really lets loose. But throughout the album there are wonderful touches in the Egyptian strings, slinky, funky rhythms, and great swathes of memorable melodies. This is a great artist showing exactly what he can do.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0602498229385
catalogNumber:
9822938

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Khaled   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Rita Marley   Vocals
Gail Ann Dorsey   Bass Guitar
Santana   Guitar
Zachary Alford   Drums
Martyn Barker   Drums
Michael Delakian   Trumpet
Philippe Eidel   Organ,Synthesizer,Bouzouki,Accordion,Clavier,Charango
David McMurray   Saxophone
Eric Montbel   Cornemeuse
Jamie Muhoberac   Clavier
Noa   Vocals
Karl Perazzo   Timbales
Don Was   Bass,Guest Appearance
Pierre Olivier Govin   Saxophone
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
KC Porter   Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
IAM   Vocals
Andrew Snook   Background Vocals
Said Mohammad Aly   Violone
Hamid Belhocine   Trombone
Tio Banks   Keyboards
Lucien Zerrad   Guitar
Francisco "Pancho" Tomaselli   Bass
Sebastian Arocha Morton   Organ,Keyboards
Maurice el Medioni   Piano
Mishko M'Ba   Basse
JB Eckl   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bassam Saba   Ney
Fabrice Adam   Trumpet
Tamer Yassin   Violone
Hadj Brahim Khaled   Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Darbouka,Choeurs
Ilan Abou   Contrabass (Vocal)
Jean-Louis Solans   Guitar
Nicolas Gautier   Musical Direction
Cyril Barbessol   Piano
Bachir Mokari   Percussion
Hani Farahat   Alto,Violone
Khaled Abdalla Mostafa   Cello
Brahim Aggad   Darbouka
Farid Aouameur   Percussion,Choeurs,Basse
Kamel Belkodja   Violone
MHammed Blaoui   Guitar
Reda Boukoura   Violone
Samira Brahmia   Choeurs
Eli Bruegemann   Piano
Caribbean Swing Horns   Brass
Abdelhafid Chouma   Ney
Mustapha Didouh   Accordion,Clavier,Choeurs
Brahimi El Mankour   Violone
Mamdouh El Waraky   Violone
Tamer Elsayed Ghoniem   Alto Saxophone,Violone
Hany Foda   Violone
Youcef Hemouk Saou   Ney
Alfred Houssepian   Trumpet
Hisham Hussain   Alto Saxophone,Violone
Yahia Mohamed Mahdy   Cello
Kheir Eddine M'Kachiche   Violone
Hassan Moataz   Cello
Mohamed Mostéghanemi   Violone
Morrit Mohamed Nasr El Din Aly   Violone
Orchestre DuCaire   Strings
Mohamed Osman   Violone
Claude Pironneau   Saxophone
Ahmed Mohamed Ramzy   Violone
Patrice Renson   Drums
Hassan Sharara   Violone
Emad El Sayed Taha   Cello
Julien Tekeyan   Drums
Ali Zeghdoud   Violone
Elan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Elan Attiass   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jacob Desvarieux   Audio Production
Philippe Eidel   Composer,Audio Production
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Laurent Gueneau   Engineer
Jamie Muhoberac   drum programming
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Jeff Poe   Engineer
Don Was   Producer,Audio Production
Luis Quine   Engineer
Krish Sharma   Engineer
KC Porter   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Andrew Snook   Composer
Kris Solem   Mastering
Adrienne Follesé   Composer
Sebastian Arocha Morton   Engineer
Dawn Elder   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
JB Eckl   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Yasser Anwar   Engineer
Hadj Brahim Khaled   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Keith Follesé   Composer
Alfonso Ródenas   Engineer
Farid Aouameur   Programming,Orchestration
Mustapha Didouh   Composer
Romain Friedman   Engineer
Hamid Kherife   English Translations
Steve Polacek   Graphic Design
Blaoui Houari   Composer

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