It’s been ten years since Khaled has performed on an American stage. Last month Khaled arrived in Los Angeles to begin working on his latest groundbreaking album with old and new friends including critical-acclaimed fusion music producer Dawn Elder. Khaled and Elder have a long history of bringing positive messages to American and International audiences through music including; right after 911 when Khaled, joined forces with Elder, to tour throughout the US to bring the love of millions from his country of Algeria and France to help heal, bring love and understanding among our American communities towards Muslims and other ethnicities alike. Khaled and Andy recorded “Salama So Good” at Hollywood’s historic Sunset Studio last month, and shot the video while recording. It shares the charismatic and fun side of their friendship, the lyrics plain and simple yet powerful “Peace(Salama) So Good”. The music was produced by Dawn Elder, mixed at New York’s Cove City Sound Studios is a combination of driving electronic beats, powered by the powerful drum of Herman Mathews (Tower of Power), the percussions of Luis Conte and Khaled himself, while seamlessly incorporating with their powerful and soaring vocals, complimented by background voices of Lynne Fiddmont, Kimberley Brewer and the melodic flamenco guitarist Alfredo Caracus (GypsyKings). “This track is just pure fun, and you can’t help but get caught up in their vocal textures and infection, music really is the true and honest language of our humanity. This is what this song, Khaled’s upcoming album, and the concert, are all about “Coming Together, Acere Que Bola” as Friends, neighbors celebrating one another.” Dawn Elder
It’s been said that Khaled is raï, a signature North African music style. The word means “My Opinion” It began as the sound of the street in Khaled’s native Algeria. But starting in the 1970s, a teenager with an uncannily moving voice, Khaled, went on to raise the genre to a high art form. Over the years, he has collaborated with an Arabic orchestra, Bob Marley’s I Threes on a series of reggae hits, Carlos Santana on “Love to the People,” Marc Anthony on a Latin dance track “C’est La Vie,” Pitbull on a pumping Arabic pop hit, and now, a forthcoming collaboration with Andy, Riffat Sultana, Carlos Santana, DJ Snake, Elan Atias, French Montana, and Stevie Wonder, among others.
Khaled’s resume includes 10 Diamond, Platinum, and Gold albums, the highest-selling Arab album in history (123 Soleils), and chart-topping pop hits “Aïcha” (1996) and “Didi” (1992), the latter produced by the inimitable Don Was. Khaled is a four-time winner of BBC Radio 3 World Music Award, and was named by NPR one of the “50 Greatest Voices in Music.”
Andy Madadian has been called the “Persian Bono.” He’s recorded 15 albums over a 30-year career, singing in four languages, and incorporating influences from African music, Western Pop and Flamenco. Andy’s music is banned in his own country, although he was the first Iranian/American singer to perform at the White House. Long based in L.A., Andy has collaborated with Jon Bon Jovi and La Toya Jackson and won numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2017. He is also an actor, appearing in The House of Sand and Fog, The Keeper and Guardian Angel; but Andy is best known for his spectacular voice and stage charisma.
Other guests at this historic unity concert include: South Asian vocal diva Riffat Sultana, Elan(Wailers) Grammy Winner KC Porter, singer-activist Shani Rigsbee, among others to be announced. The show begins with a set by young singer-songwriters emerging from the star-building Ultimate Vocal Music Summit including Kristen Tanios, Hailey Faith, Anna Steiner and Sydney Shalhoob.
The concert benefits VOICESOUT.ORG, a 501C3 organization devoted to providing a voice and aid children and animals in neglectful, abusive and abandoned conditions.
ULTIMATEVOCALMUSICSUMMIT.COM – A not-for-profit organization devoted to providing vocal and music educational studies to students throughout the United States.
Salama So Good-Video https://www.youtube.com/user/UniversalMusicFrance/Khaled
Concert Tickets on Sale at Ticketmaster.com, Greek Theatre Box office, https://www.lagreektheatre.com/events/detail/khaled-andy
Greek Theatre 2700 North Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, California 90027 (844) 524-7335
Doors at 6:30pm, Concert commences at 7:45pm.
Contact: Celeste Butler | (805)963-2415