Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Arab Identity: Khaled and "El Arbi"

Today's random song is by by Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, an Algerian raï singer and songwriter known by his stage name Khaled. He started recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled and since has become a superstar and the most well-known Algerian performer in the world - he is usually labeled "The King of Raï." This song, El Arbi, can be found on his 1994 album Khaled. The song is in the first person and is an Arab proclaiming his identity as son of forests and pheasant, son of the camel, son of desert and sand. He goes on to say that the woman he loved left him, leaving only the company of the moonlight for his solace.