Khaled Hadj Brahim (born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled (Arabic: خالد), 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 Khaled") and has become probably the most internationally famous Algerian singer. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title "King of Raï".Wikipedia info
Forming a male/female duet, Algerian singers Chaba Fadela and Cheb Sahraoui demonstrate the richness of modern neo-rai music on Hana Hana. Known as "pop-rai," the type of music they embrace on this captivating recording mixes Algerian rai with elements of Western pop. The result is a captivating hybrid that is as haunting and addictive as more traditional Arab and Middle Eastern music, yet has a definite freshness. The production is decidedly high-tech.
At first glance, this looks like the perfect Christmas present for Cuban music enthusiasts: a finely packaged box set that includes three CDs, released to mark what would have been the 100th birthday last month of the great singer and guitarist who became best known for his work with the Buena Vista Social Club, and who enjoyed worldwide success until his death in 2003 at the age of 95. But it's not quite what it seems. It's described as an "exhaustive overview" of Segundo's work, but it only covers his final recordings from 1996-2003. Which is unfortunate, for this is surely the right time to release a comprehensive retrospective of his extraordinary career.
Oriental Rocking Beats: Exotic Club & Chillout Grooves featuring 30 tracks spread over 2 CDs. Highlights included: Gorillaz feat. Bashy, Kano & The Ntional Orchestra For Arabic Music, David Bowie - Let's Dance (Club Bolly Extended Mix), Natash Atlas - Duden (Original Mix), Spiritual Brothers feat. Darwish - Surrender (Ejazeh) and many more.