Cheb Khaled, King of Rai
Khaled Hadj Brahim, better known as Khaled (Arabic: خالد حاج ابراهيم), is a raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi-El-Houri in Oran Province of Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (Arabic for “Young man Khaled”) and has become probably the most internationally famous Algerian singer. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title “King of Raï”. In 2012 Chab Khaled’s new album “C’est la vie” has sold over one million copies in the European market alone after only two months and sold 1.8 million copies in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as 200,000 in the United States, for an estimated 3.6 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 thinks that this is the reason behind the albums huge commercial success. C’est La Vie is Khaled’s first album after a five year break from recording during presidential elections in France and the Arab spring.