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For most in the Western Hemisphere, Cheb Mami will always be that guy who sang with Sting on "Desert Rose," a song that became a surprise hit in 2000, thanks in large part to Mami's mesmerizing vocal performance. In Northern Africa, however, Mami is a star in his own right. The native of Algeria is arguably the most popular performer of rai, a percussive music built around the djembe and derbouka, as well as mixing in modern dance, reggae rhythms, and often politically charged lyrics. Fresh off the success of "Desert Rose," Mami has released Dellali, and he brings Sting along with him for the ride. This time, it's Sting who backs up Mami on the track "Ana Oualache," which also incorporates a gospel choir. "Le Rai C'est Chic" mixes his trademark falsetto voice with some synthesized vocals à la Roger Troutman. He also pays homage to French singer Charles Aznavour with "Viens Habibi." Amid the swirl of styles and influences, Mami's mesmerizing falsetto voice stands above everything else. Whether it's singing behind Sting or in front of a gospel choir, Mami's talent is too strong to be ignored.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Virgin France
UPC: 0724381013120
catalogNumber: 810131

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheb Mami   Primary Artist,Accordion
Chet Atkins   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Classical Guitar
Omar Hakim   Drums
Nile Rodgers   Electric Guitar
Jerry Barnes   Bass Guitar
Kouider Berkane   Violin
English Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Richard Hilton   Keyboards
Bill Holloman   Trumpet,Saxophone
Stephen Hussey   Conductor
London Community Gospel Choir   Vocals
Philippe Saisse   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Nitin Sawhney   Guitar,Keyboards
Louis Jardim   Percussion,Cymbals,Bells,Darbouka,Cabasa,Udu
Lamya Al-Mughiery   Background Vocals
Nasser   Darbouka

Technical Credits

Cheb Mami   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Stevo Glendinning   Executive Producer
Richard Hilton   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Nitin Sawhney   Programming,Producer,Choir Arrangement
Gary Tole   Engineer
Jan Folkson   drum programming,Pro-Tools
Toni Economides   Engineer
Dawn Elder   Executive Producer
Miles Copeland   Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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Dellali 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a career-defining album for Cheb Mami, Le rai c'est chic opens the album like a rising sun that fills the air with a Mediterranean meets Middle East style. Ana Oualache has the ability to make you cry incorporating an Arabian solo against a Gospel backdrop (courtesy of the London Community Gospel Choir)and Khalouni, the perfect way to end this album, is like severing ties to a close friend it trickles down on you like rain who's soft melody sees you to this album!!!!