DJ Cheb I Sabbah

DJ Cheb I Sabbah

Real Name:
Haim Serge El Baaz
Cheb i Sabbah (August 7, 1947 – November 6, 2013) was a DJ and composer/producer. With a DJ career spanning three decades, it would be difficult to find a more fascinating DJ than Cheb i Sabbah. Born in Algeria, a great source of his inspiration were his two uncles who were masters of the Malouf style, also known as Andalusian music. Cheb I described himself as a 'hajji', a musical pilgrim of the spirit. His name is another reference to his pilgrimage: Cheb is a nickname used by Algerian rai singers; Sabbah means 'morning', but the link is actually to Hassan i Sabbah, the Persian mystic whose legendary library is rumoured to be the largest in the world. Cheb i Sabbah passed away on November 6, 2013 in his home in San Francisco due to a stomach cancer.
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DJ Cheb I Sabbah Discography Tracks


DJ Cheb I Sabbah Shri Durga (Album) Nation Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
DJ Cheb I Sabbah Maha Maya Nation Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
DJ Cheb I Sabbah Krishna Lila (Album) Six Degrees Records US 2002 Sell This Version
Cheb I Sabbah* La Kahena / Les Voix Du Maghreb (Album) Six Degrees Records US 2005 Sell This Version
Cheb i Sabbah* La Ghriba: La Kahena Remixed (Album) Six Degrees Records US 2006 Sell This Version
Cheb I Sabbah* Devotion (Album) Six Degrees Records US 2008 Sell This Version
616892024040 Cheb I Sabbah* Samaya (A Benefit Album For Cheb I Sabbah)(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Six Degrees Records 616892024040 US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

657036 5009-1 DJ Cheb I Sabbah Shri Durga Remixes(12") Six Degrees Records 657036 5009-1 US 1999 Sell This Version
657036 5021-1 DJ Cheb I Sabbah Selections From MahaMaya: Shri Durga ReMixed(12") Six Degrees Records 657036 5021-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
657036 5066-1 DJ Cheb I Sabbah Krishna Lila (Select Bhajans)(12") Six Degrees Records 657036 5066-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
PRCD SD7020-2 Cheb i Sabbah* La Kahena Remixed EP(CD, EP, Promo) Six Degrees Records PRCD SD7020-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
ORGV-0002 Bassnectar / DJ Cheb I Sabbah Bassnectar / DJ Cheb I Sabbah - Blue State Riddim EP(12", Blu) Organic Music ORGV-0002 US 2006 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

DJ Cheb I Sabbah As Far As - A DJ Mix Six Degrees Records India 2003 Sell This Version

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June 4, 2017
I met Serge or as everyone called him "Skippy" at an all night rave at the mantrap gloryhole. He was djing and bjing at the same time. Could that boy ever BJ!! He was such a great guy!


January 9, 2017
When I first moved to San Francisco in 1995, Cheb was the house DJ on Thursday nights at a *tiny* little club in the lower Haight district called Nickie's. The dance floor, if you could call it that, was barely 10x20' and had a support pole smack in the middle of it. Cheb spun THE MOST ECLECTIC, globe-spanning, grooving underground tracks in town. The night wasn't heavily promoted (if at all), but I'm willing to wager that it had an epic proportion of attendees who were drawn in off the street, just walking by, who then became regulars. A brilliant way to kick off your weekend. Cheb is much missed. A gentle soul and a conduit for everything that music does to bring people together.


December 2, 2016
Can't believe no one has commented on this extraordinary and talented musician and producer before. Breathtakingly beautiful music - deep, mystical, intellectual, exciting, surprising, shimmering production. I'm not usually into 'world music', to use an abused but well known term, but this music just about transcends all musical boundaries, and obviously, without even knowing the musicians, he had assembled a formidable group of the finest for each recording. Personal favourite is first album, Shri Durga - it's strong, gorgeous, spacious, seems to stretch out forever, intense but light as a feather at the same time. A shining star. Treat yourself.

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