Monday, 3 September 2012
Khaled: C'est La Vie
The title track by Khaled from his new album C'est La Vie, released today.
While one of North Africa's most popular musical exports, it's been a while since Khaled had the success he once had, but this track gave his career a welcome boost over the summer, no doubt in part due to its summer feelgood vibe.
The track was produced by RedOne, the international producer who's worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Mylene Farmer and some of the biggest names in the current pop scene.
While at first it may seem a strange pairing, it's easy to forget that RedOne is originally from Morocco, not a million miles from Khaled's native Algeria.
C'est La Vie gave Khaled a top 20 hit in France, and while to these ears at least it maybe goes too close to a generic eurodance hit, it can't be a bad thing for a new generation to be introduced to one of the most distinctive voices and artistic ambassadors of North Africa.
One thing that I can't help but notice is how Khaled is now looking more the eledr statesman than angry young man. Still, he's obviously got his ear to the ground and keeping an open mind in terms of his music, and it certainly seems to be paying off for him in terms of revitalising his career.