In the 90s, at a time when France called itself “Black, white, beur”, the raï swept over France. Sun-drenched music blown from the peaks of the Atlas and Berber lands. Among the stars of this musical movement, Khaled was one of those who flooded FM bands with hits. In 1992, it was with Didi that the singer is revealed to the ear of the general public before knowing the supreme consecration with the song Aisha, written by Jean-Jacques Goldman. ” I love to marry the colors, once the drums are in front, the other time oriental percussions, then the Egyptian violins and the American double bass… At the beginning of the raï, there was only the flute, if the contribution of other instruments made it known worldwide, why complain? Reggae has also gone through these stages … For centuries, my music has lived closed. Thanks to France, the doors have opened. I had been singing for twenty-three years …“, Confided the artist born in Oran to our colleagues of Liberation in 1994. But even if France opened the doors to him, Khaled remains very attached to his North African roots and especially to a country in particular.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco agrees to naturalize singer Cheb Khaled on an exceptional basis
Even though he was born in Algeria, Khaled has always expressed his mad love for Morocco. So much so that the singer was granted an exceptional privilege. In the Official Bulletin of September 5, 2013, in fact, a royal decree of Mohammed VI stipulated: ” Is naturalized, exceptionally: Mr. Khaled Hadj Brahim, born February 29, 1960 in Oran, Algeria“. A decision that would have irritated his native country. But the interpreter of Aisha does not want to do politics. ” Raï seems to me hardly compatible with politics. I have received many proposals from Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian poets, whom I am studying without being able to say today whether I will follow up.“, Khaled told Liberation.
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