Cheb Mami is a French/Algerian raï singer who is probably the best-known raï artist in the world due to his collaboration with Sting on “Desert Rose,” a track from Sting’s 1999 album Brand New Day (A&M). His collaboration with Sting marked the first time a raï singer received mainstream exposure. When “Desert Rose” was used in a Jaguar commercial, the single exploded in Europe and the US. Mami performed the song at the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards, becoming the first to perform Arabic music at either event.
Mami was born Khelifati Mohamed in Saïda, Algeria. He was already known as a strong singer when he was a small boy and won his first talent contest at the age of five. At the age of 12 he... Read More