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Aicha khaled.jpg
Single by Khaled
from the album Sahra
FormatCD single
Producer(s)Jean-Jacques Goldman
Khaled singles chronology
"Le jour viendra"
Music video
"Aïcha" on YouTube

"Aïcha" (Arabic: عائشة‎; Algerian Arabic: عايشة‎) is the name of a song written by the French singer songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman. The title refers to an Arabic female name; the song was originally performed by Algerian raï artist Khaled. The original French single was never released in an album, though Khaled's 1996 album Sahra featured a bilingual version of the song sung in both French and Arabic; the Arabic lyrics for the bilingual version of the song are written by Khaled. Khaled's music video was directed by Sarah Moon.[1][2]

Lyrics / theme[edit]

The song's lyrics are about a woman named Aïcha, who is being wooed by a man, he promises her pearls, jewels, poems, and other luxuries and romantic things, to which she replies:

Keep your treasures
I'm worth more than all that
Bars are bars, even if made of gold
I want the same rights as you
And respect for each day
I don't want anything but love

The song's chorus has the following words in French (with English translation):

Aïcha, Aïcha, écoute-moi = Aisha, Aisha, listen to me
Aïcha, Aïcha, t'en va pas = Aisha, Aisha, don't go away
Aïcha, Aïcha, regarde-moi = Aisha, Aisha, look at me
Aïcha, Aïcha, réponds-moi = Aisha, Aisha, answer me

The lyrics were all in French; the Arabic verse by Khaled (his own composition) added later is as follows:

نبغيك عايشة ونموت عليك (Nbghīk ʿāysha wanmūt ʿalīk) = I want you Aisha and would die for you
هادي قصية حياتي وحبي (Hādī ksayat ḥayātī waḥabbī) = This is the story of my life and my love
انت عمري وانت حياتي (ʾAnti ʿumrī wʾanti ḥayātī) = You are my years and you are my life
تمنيت نعيش معك غير انت (Tmannīt nʿaysh mʿāk ghayr ʾanti) = I wish to live with you, only you

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Aïcha" — 4:20
  2. "Aïcha" (version mixte) — 4:20


Outlandish version[edit]

Single by Outlandish
from the album Bread & Barrels of Water
FormatCD single
  • Mintman
  • Outlandish
Outlandish singles chronology
"Man binder os på mund og hånd"
Music video
"Aicha" on YouTube

In 2002,[9] the Danish hip hop band, Outlandish, recorded and released an English version of the song "Aicha" that was included in their album Bread & Barrels of Water , it was engineered, mixed & produced and musically performed by Mintman. The song peaked at #2 in the Mega Single Top 100 for two weeks and for three weeks in the Swedish Singles Chart, it also reached the top in Switzerland, and #3 in Austria and Norway, and #8 in Belgium. A video was also shot for the single.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Aicha" (4:37)
  2. "Aicha" (Mintman Remix) (4:34)
  3. "Aicha" (Instrumental) (4:08)
  4. Outlandish feat. Majid & Asmaá - "El Moro" (5:24)


Chart (2003) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 3
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[15] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 1
End of year chart (2003) Position
Dutch Top 40[4] 13

Other versions[edit]

The original song has since been remade by several singers and bands:

It has been adapted to several other languages:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Khaled Ya-Rayi bonus DVD credits
  2. ^ Music video of the original single by Khaled on YouTube
  3. ^ a b c d e "Aïcha", in various singles charts Lescharts.com[permanent dead link] (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  4. ^ a b c "Single top 100 over 1997" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  5. ^ 1996 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived October 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  6. ^ 1996 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2005-10-17 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  7. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  8. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived April 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  9. ^ Outlandish released their second album "Bread & Barrels of Water" September 9th, 2002
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Outlandish – Aicha" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Outlandish – Aicha" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Outlandish – Aicha". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Outlandish – Aicha" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Romanian peak". Archived from the original on 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2013-06-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". Singles Top 100.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Outlandish – Aicha". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it6Ud6PDPes, retrieved 2015-12-03 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqJ--vBaY2Y, retrieved 2016-09-20 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Muayad Jajo's "Aicha" on YouTubeElite Studios: August 2014)