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Cheba Djenet / Jalouse
Album:Jalouse Collection:World
Artist:Cheba Djenet Added:Mar 2011
Label:Sunhouse Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-04-03 Pull Date:2011-06-05 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Jun 5May 29May 22May 8May 1Apr 24Apr 10

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 13, 2013:Arabology
Kedab (Liar)
4.Jun 07, 2012:Arabology
Kedab (Liar)
2.Feb 27, 2013:Mediterraneans
Ya Ibared
5.May 31, 2012:Arabology
Kedab (Liar)
3.Oct 04, 2012:Arabology
Kedab (Liar)
6.Jun 02, 2011:Mediterraneans
Darli Sadka

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2011-03-24 
Cheba Djenet, Jalouse (Jealous) (Sunhouse Records, 2010)
Reviewed by Abu Ramses


Debut album of Cheba Djenet “the princess of rai” - a challenge to a still mainly male-dominated form. A nasal mezzo-soprano singing mostly in Algerian Arabic, with some French. Most tracks are solo. Djenet represents the 3rd (or 4th?) generation of this form – more influenced by global musical currents, more melodic, mixes North African and Latin beats. Lots of accordion, now considered a “traditional” North African instrument. Each track begins with “Editions Sunhouse presente, Cheba Djenet” & the track title (in French or Arabic). Annoying, but it does tell you who’s in on the instrumentals.

Try 1, 3, 8, 9

1. Chta Sralek – Mid-tempo, Latin beat, sweetest vocal on the album - 6:06
2. Jalouse (Jealous) – Up beat, Arab pop dance style, lot of French words - 5:44
3. Ya lbared – Big instrumental ensemble, mid- to up tempo; eastern beat on dumbek in the foreground - 6:17
4. Kedab (Liar) – Slow to mid-tempo, Latin beat while keyboard riffs evoke her Algerian roots - 5:28
5. Yama Lhnina – Up tempo, dance beat, big instrumentation, accordion solos & chorus on the bridges - 5:37
6. Machi Mlyoum (Go from Today) – North African-style percussion and musical riffs with violin solos; many instrumental collaborators – 5:47
7. Sabra Alih (“I’m patient for him??) - Fast-paced dance beat start to finish (a bit boring, but good percussionist), accordion and (smaller) keyboard solos - 5:42
8. Darli Sadka – Up beat, great mix of western and eastern instruments with Arabic phrasing and ornamentation. This is mostly for the instrumentals -5:37
9. Chayfni Hayt Ksir (See my short life??) – Fast-paced, eastern percussion beat, wild accordion/keyboard solos, backup girls (ma x 5) - 5:34

Track Listing
1.Chta Sralek 5.Yama Lhnina
2.Jalouse (Jealous) 6.Machi Milyoum (Go From Today)
3.Ya Ibared 7.Sabra Alih (I'm Patient For Him??)
4.Kedab (Liar) 8.Darli Sadka
 9.Chayfni Hayt Ksir (See My Short Life??)