|Birth name||Mohamed Khelifati|
|Also known as||Cheb Mami|
|Born||July 11, 1966|
Cheb Mami (Arabic:شاب مامي), real name Ahmed Khelifati Mohamed (born July 11, 1966 in Saida, Algeria) is an Algerian-born raï singer. Events 911 - Signing of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between Charles the Simple and Rollo of Normandy. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Algeria ( ar [[Arabic]] الجزائر, Al Jaza'ir ælʤæˈzæːʔir Amazigh: ⴷⵥⴰⵢⴻⵔ Dzayer) officially the People's A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Raï (راي is a form of folk music, originated in Oran Algeria from Bedouin Shepherds mixed with Spanish, French, Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell Arabic (ar الْعَرَبيّة (informally ar عَرَبيْ) in terms of the number of speakers is the largest living member of the Semitic language Events 911 - Signing of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between Charles the Simple and Rollo of Normandy. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Saida ( Arabic: سعيدة is the capital city of Saida Province, Algeria. Algeria ( ar [[Arabic]] الجزائر, Al Jaza'ir ælʤæˈzæːʔir Amazigh: ⴷⵥⴰⵢⴻⵔ Dzayer) officially the People's Algeria ( ar [[Arabic]] الجزائر, Al Jaza'ir ælʤæˈzæːʔir Amazigh: ⴷⵥⴰⵢⴻⵔ Dzayer) officially the People's Raï (راي is a form of folk music, originated in Oran Algeria from Bedouin Shepherds mixed with Spanish, French, His birth was in Graba-el-wed, a populous quarter of Saida. Located 170 kilometres south of Oran, the city of Saida is on the high mesas of southwestern Algeria. Oran ( Arabic:ar وهران pronounced Wahran; also transliterated as Ouahran, Spanish: Orán.
He sings in Algerian Arabic, French and sometimes, as on Layali, in Egyptian Arabic. Algerian Arabic is the variety or varieties of Arabic spoken in Algeria. French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people
Cheb Mami grew up in the the city of Saida to a family of factory workers. He began singing and playing the accordion on Saida streets and by 1980 began performing at local weddings and ceremonies. 
In 1982, the 16-year-old adolescent sang on the "Alhan wa Chabab" radio show, a singing competition organised by Radio Télevision Algérienne. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) He sang "El Marsam" (The Sanctuary) a classic of Oranese music from the 1920s. Oran ( Arabic:ar وهران pronounced Wahran; also transliterated as Ouahran, Spanish: Orán. The audience was transfixed by the sheer emotion of his performance and by his concordant vocal intonations which captured perfectly the flavour of the song's title. The judges, who represented the government which refused to admit even the existence of raï, gave the first prize to the contestant that sang a cover version of a hit by the famous Egyptian diva, Umm Kulthum, but were forced to acknowledge the standing ovation Mami received by awarding him second prize. A diva is a celebrated female singer The Italian term is used to describe a woman of rare outstanding talent in the world of Opera, and by extension in theatre and Umm Kulthum ( Arabic: أم كلثوم, born أم كلثوم إبراهيم البلتاجي; see Kunya; Egyptian Arabic: Om Kalsoum
Cheb Mami was spotted by Boualem, the producer of the Oran label, Disco Maghreb, and the cassette waltz began. From 1982 to 1985, Cheb Mami recorded about ten cassettes, whose production varied from 100,000 to 500,000 copies.
It was in 1985 that Mami came to Paris and found his musical niche. Rai fused blues, funk, salsa, reggae, hip hop and Algerian rhythms, while integrating touches of his idols Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and French rapper MC Solaar. Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an Otis Ray Redding Jr ( September 9, 1941 December 10, 1967) was an American soul singer MC Solaar is the Stage name of Claude M'Barali (born March 5, 1969) a Francophone hip hop and rap artist
Cheb Mami made his first official public appearance at the First Oran Raï Festival in 1985, which marked the official recognition of the genre by the Algerian authorities.
He was in military service for two years in Algeria but was an entertainer on army bases. After that in May of 1989, Mami returned to the Paris at the Olympia, rejuvenating Rai Music. He began making recordings and performing in cabarets in the Paris suburb of Barbès. He also toured the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Scandinavia and England.
Mami’s music is a blend of Mediterranean and Western influences including Turkish, Flamenco and Greek music as well as Latin music. His voice is tinged with Andalusian accents, and his music is an amalgamation of the traditional and the modern styles of singing and creation of music.
In 1999, Mami topped the French pop charts with a groundbreaking duet with French rapper K-Mel, “Parisien du Nord. ” The song was an anthem against racism that seamlessly made the transition between hip hop and rai, and introduced throngs of young new audiences to rai. This song explores the racist issues between Arabs and French and the challenges of identity. 
As well as recording many straight raï songs, Cheb Mami has achieved crossover success with the hip-hop remix of his track "Parisien du Nord" on his album Meli Meli and also with the backing vocals on Sting's hit "Desert Rose" and "Youm Wara Youm" the title track of which is a duet with Samira Said . Raï (راي is a form of folk music, originated in Oran Algeria from Bedouin Shepherds mixed with Spanish, French, Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951) better known by his Stage name Sting, is a three time Academy Award " Desert Rose " is a hit single by Sting from his album Brand New Day (1999 Samira Said (سميرة سعيد (native name Samira Bensaïd) (born January 10, 1957) is an Arabic singer
When Sting's album was released in 2000, the pair's duet, "Desert Rose", went rocketing to the top of singles charts around the world, fulfilling Mami's long-held dream of internationalising Raï sounds.
Perhaps Mami's most successful recording is the album Dellali, produced by former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, which was released soon after his collaboration with Sting. Chic ( pron. ˈʃiːk ("sheek" sometimes fully capitalized as CHIC is an American Disco and R&B band that was formed in 1976 Nile Gregory Rodgers (born September 19 1952, in New York City) is an American musician Composer, Arranger, and Guitarist The album's lead single was "Le Rai C'est Chic". This track, "Le Rai C'est Chic," which opens the album, “is an energetic dance track featuring Mami's biggest fan, Sting, on backing vocals and is destined to get most of the mainstream media attention (and radio airplay)” . Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951) better known by his Stage name Sting, is a three time Academy Award Mami’s first collaboration with Sting in 2001 on, "Desert Rose," “topped the charts around the globe, and led to television appearances on Saturday Night Live, the Today Show, Jay Leno, David Letterman, the Grammy Awards telecast and even a live performance at the Super Bowl”. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951) better known by his Stage name Sting, is a three time Academy Award Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City Today, also referred to as The Today Show, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on NBC. James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno (born April 28 1950 is an Emmy Award -winning American Stand-up comedian and Television host David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American late-night Talk show host and Comedian and the host since 1993 The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL His international success, and namely his recognition in mainstream American popular culture, has led him to be called the “Prince of Rai”. Although Mami has been able to be recognized by mainstream media in the United States, Americans often equate his Rai music genre with rock in the US during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana, known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane, is the Italian public service broadcaster, and is considered Americans believe Rai to be “North African punk,” a genre of music for the purpose of rebelling against the government and resembling the music of ‘young rockers’ in the US, when in reality this music plays a very different role in the life of the North African diasporic community in France . This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Although Rai does include narratives of the various struggles of this community against “the Algerian state or against the forces of ‘tradition’” , it is also the “music of the racialized Other” which chronicles struggles with racism and identity of North African people in France. Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana, known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane, is the Italian public service broadcaster, and is considered Mami’s international success is commendable and an indication of the power of his music; however, the misunderstanding of the roots of the Rai music genre may allow the music to seem more relatable to international, especially American audiences. Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana, known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane, is the Italian public service broadcaster, and is considered
Cheb Mami is currently under an international arrest warrant after being indicted in October 2006 for "voluntary violence, sequestration and threats" against an ex-girlfriend, and failing to answer a court summons on May 14 2007. He is accused of having tried to force his former girlfriend, a magazine photographer, to have an abortion. During a trip to Algeria in the summer of 2005, the alleged victim is said to have been locked in a house belonging to one of Mami's friends, where an abortive procedure was attempted on her. Back in France, however, she realised the foetus was still alive and decided not to abort. Mami has reportedly accused his manager of organising the abortion plan.  
|Prince of Raï (1989)||Let Me Raï (1991)||Saida (1994)||Douni El Bladi (1996)||Meli Meli (1999)||Dellali (2001)||Du Sud au Nord (2003)||Live au Grand Rex (2004)||Layali (2006)|
|1. Ana Mazel||1. Yo Yo||1. H’babi||1. Douni el Bladi||1. Meli Meli||1. Rai C’est Chic||1. Des 2 cotesfeat. Mouss et hakim||1. Azwaw||1. Halili feat. Zaho|
|2. Dertfik Confiance||2. Haoulou||2. Ma Ma||2. Dertfik confiance||2. Alache Alik||2. Views Habibi||2. Parisien du nord feat K. mel||2. Parisien du Nord||2. Gualbi Gualbi|
|3. Douni El Bladi||3. Let Me Cry||3. Gaulbak K’ssah||3. Ralia mahboubit Galbi||3. Bledi||3. Madanite||3. Madanite feat. Ziggy Marley||3. Nagumo feat. Susheela Raman||3. Inshallah|
|4. Lella Rani Ensaaf El Mektoub||4. Douha Alia||4. Hay Wadi Hay Galbi||4. Ana Mazel||4. Rani Maak El Youm||4. Rim Lachoua||4. Desert Rose feat. Sting||4. Mamzareli||4. Tigi Tigi|
|5. Ralia Mahboubit Galbi||5. Fatma||5. Bent Bareh||5. Lella Rai Saaf El mektoub||5. Fatma||5. Yahamami||5. Cosi celeste feat. Zucchero||5. Mazal Souvenir Aandi||5. Gaiye bil Salama|
|6. Tayo Tayo Adiani||6. Rah Eddani||6. Baida||6. Tayo Tayo adiani||6. Hada Ch’h||6. Ana Oualache||6. Nagumo feat. Susheela Raman||6. Desert Rose||6. Ahla Layali Omrina|
|#||7. Khalihoum||7. Ghi N’Ti||7. Ouach etsalini||7. Hatachi||7. Ma vie 2 Fois||7. Enfant d’esfrinque feat . Corneille||7. Koum tara feat. Enrico Macias||7. Ajlissou|
|#||8. Maandi||8. Li Fet ghi Mnem||8. Idha enti bitik||8. Bekatni||8. Tzazae||8. Clando feat. 113||8. Bledi-mon pays||8. Nos Couleus feat. K. Maro|
|#||9. Manimane||9. Zouaji||9. Chedi bentek||9. Cheikh||9. Zarartou||9. Youm wara youm feat. Samira Said||9. Samira Said (سميرة سعيد (native name Samira Bensaïd) (born January 10, 1957) is an Arabic singer Cosi celeste feat. Zucchero||9. Mama Dabia|
|#||#||10. Alache Alache||10. Maniche aadouk||10. Azwaw||10. Manazureh||10. Fugitif feat. Tonton David||10. Alache Alik||10. Ellie Beina Intaha|
|#||#||11. Trab||11. Ghebnouha||11. Parisien du Nord||11. Machi Chaba||11. The best times of our lives feat. Aswad||11. Meli Meli||11. Amshi Btraring|
|#||#||#||12. Sehrane Ouahdi||12. Marseillais Du Nord||12. Hoaulou||12. Koum tera feat. Enrico Macias||12. Des 2 Cotes feat Mous et Hakim||12. Non c’sera non(Omri Omri)feat. Sween|
|#||#||#||13. Alauni(Instrumental)||13. Au Pays des Merveillus||13. Khalouni||13. Azwaw 2 feat. Idir||13. Haoulou||#|
|#||#||#||#||14. Azwaw Alternative||#||#||14. Zarartou||#|