- Released: August 23, 2005
- Label: Wrasse Records
Spin - 8/97, p.1188 (out of 10)
- "...Khaled's latest album shows how those years in exile [from Algeria] have changed him. SAHRA moves further away from the brittle intensity of his early sound and toward pan-Meditteranean pop....Linking hands across the diaspora, Khaled reveals that global fame may smooth his edges, but it will never erase his roots."
Q - 1/98, p.113
Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
Q - 6/97, p.1344 Stars (out of 5)
- "...the sound is bright, polished and commercial, the more disinctive material....providing the best background for Khaled's top-flight Islamic vocals."
JazzTimes - 8/97, p.72
"...happily fuses different musical impulses--in this case, middle eastern influences, dance feverishness and western ideas. Khaled has the passion and flexibility to capture a mass audience....a package that goes down smooth, but without losing the feisty pulse of rai..."
Option - 9-10/97, p.102
"...Khaled's voice on this disc is as mesmerizing as ever...his songs retain the North African urgency which make his music both exotic and inviting..."
- 1.Sahra - (Arabic)
- 2.Oran Marseille - (Arabic, Oran mix, with Iam)
- 3.Aicha - (French, Arabic, Version Mixte)
- 4.Lillah - (Arabic)
- 5.Ouelli el Darek - (Arabic)
- 6.Detni Essekra - (Arabic)
- 7.Walou Walou - (Arabic)
- 8.Ki Mektouba
- 9.Wahrane Wahrane - (Arabic)
- 10.Haya Haya - (Arabic)
- 11.Mektoubi - (Arabic)
- 12.Hey Quedi
- 13.Oran Marseille - (Arabic, French)
- 15.Le Jour Viendra - (French, Arabic)
- 16.Aicha - (live, Live Version From Hafla)
- 17.Ouelli el Darek - (live, Live Version From Halfla)
Personnel includes: Khaled (vocals); Randy Jacobs (guitar, bass); Abdallah Terkmani, Slim Pezin, Mickey Chung, Cat Coore (guitar); Philippe Eidel (bouzouki, charango, accordion, piano, keyboards, bass); Djamel Ben Yelles, Nicolas Krassik (violin); Vincent Courtois, Frank Choukroun (cello); Mustapha Kada (accordion, keyboards); David McMurray (flute, saxophone); Dean Fraser, Pierre-Olivier Govin, Brandon Fields (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Jamie Muhoberac, Robbie Lynn (keyboards); Bernard Paganotti, Benji Myers, Abe Laborial (bass); Tony Williams, Hafid Saidi, Greg Bisonette (drums); Lenny Castro, Mohsiein Chentouf, Michito Sanchez (percussion); Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffith (background vocals).
Producers: Don Was, Philippe Eidel, Clive Hunt.
Engineers include: Frank Redlich, Erick Benzi, Laurent Gueneau.
Recorded in Paris, France; Los Angeles, California; and Kingston, Jamaica.
Khaled: Philippe Eidel (bouzouki); Khaled (keyboards); Bernard Paganotti (bass instrument); Tony Williams (drums); Hafid Saidi, Mohsein Chentouf, Marc de Nattes, Valerie de Nattes, Frank Choukroun, Vincent Courtois, Nicolas Krassik.
Personnel: Pierre Chereze (guitar, charango); Abdallah Terkmani, Randy Jacobs, Slim Pezin, Cat Coore (guitar); Marc de Nattes, Valerie de Nattes, Djamel Ben Yelles, Nicolas Krassik (violin); Frank Choukroun, Vincent Courtois (cello); Mustapha Kada (accordion, keyboards); Philippe Eidel (kazoo, keyboards, balafon); Guy Bertrand (oboe); Dean Fraser, Pierre Olivier Govin, Brandon Fields (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Serge Plume (trumpet); Phil Abraham (trombone); David Madden, Vin Gordon (brass); Bubbler Waul, Khaled, Jamie Muhoberac, Robert Lyn (keyboards); Hafid Saidi, Tony Ruption Williams , Rolando Wilson (drums); Mohsein Chentouf (bendir, percussion); Paco Charlery, Lenny Castro, Michito S nchez (percussion); Eric Benzi (programming); Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Nadine Sutherland, Rita Marley, Sharon Forrester (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Eric Benzi; Laurent Gu‚neau; Rik Pekkonen.
Recording information: Davout & Artistic Palace, Paris, France; Grove Yard Studio; House Of Blues, Los Angeles, CA; Ocean Way And Chomsky Ranch, Los Angeles, CA; Ochos Rios; Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Zorrino, Paris, France.
Editor: Alex Gopher.
Photographer: Andr‚ Carrara.
Arrangers: Philippe Eidel; Eric Benzi; Roland Romanelli; Akhenaton.
This second album from Khaled, who's considered the King of Rai in much of North Africa, blends traditional mellifluous Middle Eastern melody with trip-hop beats, ska horn blares, reggae rhythms (some of the tracks were recorded in Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio), adult contemporary-ish piano tinkling, and symphonic string arrangements. SAHRA is a reflection of the kind of vibe that exists in the international artists enclave in contemporary Paris, where Khaled has resided since he was chased out of his native Algeria by fundamentalist groups who consider Rai music a threat.
Rai music emerged in the late 15th century as the Moors were expelled from the Andalucia region of Spain. Modern Rai music, considered the blues of North Africa, has been banned in many North African countries because of its often political content. Teaming up with French rapper IAM on "Oran Marseille," Khaled manages to effectively communicate feelings of frustration even as the duo trades verses in Arabic and French. The closing track "Hey Ouedi" incorporates a wide range of traditional North African percussion and string instruments into a melancholic whole.