The Basics

Name of Cause: Samaya: A Benefit Album For Cheb i Sabbah
Started By: Sweet Relief & Cheb i Sabbah
Who it Benefits: Cheb i Sabbah's healthcare treatment Fund.

The Details

** Updated November 22 2013 **
Taken from Cheb I Sabbah’s website

“Chebiji” as he was affectionately known passed away November 6, 2013 at the age of 66 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer over 2 years ago. At that time he was given 4 weeks to live and through a combination of alternative therapies funded by his friends and fans, along with a sheer will to live, he exceeded all expectations for someone with an advanced stage of cancer.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund was deeply saddened to hear about Cheb i Sabbah’s passing.  He was a musical pioneer, fusing together entire cultures of sound and music, pushing cutting edge blends of traditional songs with beats and ideas which were way ahead of his time.

His close friends and his musical partners are releasing a special remaster of Cheb i Sabbah – Alkher Illa Doffor (Bassnectar 2013 Remix) as a benefit to his family: he has two kids and three grandkids, who are largely dependent on him. All the proceeds from this remix will go straight to the family. To hear this song please go to



Original Posting, March 12, 2012

Musical pioneer Cheb i Sabbah was last year diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer.  He was advised that the cancer was spreading to his liver and left lung and that time were not on his side.    Like many Americans, Chebiji – as he is affectionately known does not have health insurance.  Due to his weak health condition, Chebiji found himself having to cancel live shows, meaning his income stream has come to a complete halt, with mounting medical bills and future medical costs ahead.

Upon learning of his condition, a few close friends, artists and industry professionals have come together to rally around Chebiji to assist him with his fight.

How to help

A Benefit Album For
Cheb i Sabbah

An incredible collection of some of global music's finest musicians have gathered to contribute exclusive tracks and remixes to help raise money for fusion pioneer Cheb i Sabbah's health care costs, in his battle against cancer.

We ask you to join us to help Cheb i Sabbah in his time of need.

Featured artists on the double album include Ustad Zakir Hussain, Kailash Kher, Pandit G. S. Sachdev, Riffat Sultana & Sukhawat Ali Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Natacha Atlas, Karsh Kale, Bauhaus, Cheb i Sabbah, Transglobal Underground, MIDIval PunditZ, Amina Annabi, Bill Laswell & Gigi, Opium Feat. MC Raï, Mercan Dede, Janaka Selekta, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Azam Ali & Loga Ramin Torkian, Dub Kirtan All Stars Feat. Freq Nasty, David Starfire & Rik Sharaj, Jef Stott, Watcha Clan, Emam & Friends, Jai Uttal.

You can help Cheb i Sabbah by purchasing a copy of the Samaya Benefit Album, see special offers below. 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to Cheb i Sabbah's Health Care Treatment Fund.

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From Cheb i Sabbah
"It was in May of 2011 when doctors told me that I had stage 4 stomach cancer and it had spread to my left lung and liver. I was given a less than six months sentence to live. They were wrong in part of their diagnosis; they did not take into account the power of prayers and love from the thousands of friends, fans and families that i received. It is because of your love, prayers and generosity that I am still alive today.

After a major surgery and three months of intensive and painful chemo therapy in Germany, i have opted for phase two, an alternative and more holistic approach to healing in India and the US.”

You can also help by making a donation directly to Cheb i Sabbah through Sweet Relief. Simply visit the Sweet Relief Artist Page for Cheb i Sabbah and click on the "Donate now" button.

To find more information about Cheb i Sabbah please visit his website at:

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