Cheb Mami, from its true name, Mohamed Khelifati, was born on
July 11, 1966 in Saïda, in Algeria. Attracted very early
by the traditional songs, it sings in the marriages, then while
growing, it occurs in the cabarets of Oran. Its desire for making
a musical career becomes increasingly large and in 1982, it
is presented at a contest organized by Algerian television.
It arrives only second, but it will be the catch, located by
a producer, Cheb Mami records his first cassettes which are
sold under the coat in Algeria, then in the popular districts
of Paris. Thus, when Cheb Mami arrives to France in 1985, it
is not completely unknown. It leaves a first album quickly and,
at the end of 1986, it triumphs in Olympia, then puts its career
between bracket, time to make its military service in Algeria.
In 1990, it records its second album which will know a failure
because of the war in Iraq. Cheb Mami is seen reduced to turn
in small rooms to keep the contact with its public, but its
return on the front of the scene will be only more fulgurating.
In 1994, it signs
at Virgin and records its third album, "Saïda".
This opus will be for Cheb Mami that of the dedication, in France
like elsewhere. Consequently he becomes an artist impossible
to circumvent and occurs on the scenes of many countries (the
United States, Japan, Brésil, etc.) but greatest happiness
for him is to play on its native soil in 1999 front 100 000
people. In love with the mixture of style, Cheb Mami collaborates
with many artists (Sting, K-Mel, Ziggy Marley, Corneille, Enrico
Macias, Zucchero, etc.) to record an album of duet in 2004,
"North In the South". In a little more than 20 years,
Cheb Mami knew to impose an innovative style on the Raï
music and became one of the best ambassadors of this music in