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Amr Diab

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  • Born: Port Said, Egypt
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


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Amr Diab grew up in Port Said and came to Cairo in 1984 to make a musical name for himself. In this venture he succeeded and is now one of the leading Al-jil stars, taking top billing at music festivals and enjoying hit after hit in the cassette markets of Cairo.


Amr Abdul-Basset Abdul-Azeez Diab (Arabic: عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب‎  pronounced [ʕɑmɾ ʕæbdelˈbɑːsetˤ ʕæbdelʕæˈziːz deˈjæːb]; born 11 October 1961) is an Egyptian PopStar and composer of Pop music. He was awarded the World Music Award for Best Selling middle eastern Artist Four times: 1996 for album "Nour El Ain ", 2001 for album "Akter Wahed", 2007 for album "El Lillady" and 2013 for "El Leila" album and he also won( Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online) at the World Music Awards 2014. Diab is the only Middle Eastern artist to have received 7 World Music Awards throughout the years . Amr Diab also won The African Music Awards 2009 as Artist Of The Year,Song Of The Year,Video Of The Year And Best male act, and won The 2010 African Music Awards as best male act and best artist of north Africa. He is the only African artist to have received 6 African Music Awards in his career. Diab also won Platinum record Five Times : 1990 for album "Matkhafiesh", 1991 for album "Habiby", 1992 for album "Ayyamna", 1993 for Album "Ya Omrena", And Triple platinum records 1997 for "Nour El Ain" album. Diab won Big Apple Music Awards 2009 As Lifetime Achievements Awards And Best Singer of The Year and also won The Global Icon Award, Most Popular Artist and Best Arabic Male Artist in 2014.

He is known as the Father of Mediterranean Music. He has created his own style which is often termed "Mediterranean Music" or "Mediterranean Sound", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.

In The Mediterranean in Music, David Cooper and Kevin Dawe referred to his music as "the new breed of Mediterranean music". According to author Michael Frishkopf, Amr Diab has produced a new concept of Mediterranean music, especially in his international hit, "Nour El Ain".

In his analysis of The Very Best of Amr Diab album, Victor W. Valdivia of AllMusic said: "His music melded traditional Arabic sounds and textures with Western rhythms and instruments. The mesh was dubbed Mediterranean music, and The Very Best of Amr Diab displays Diab's superb skill in creating it."

^ Frishkopf, Michael (November 22, 2002), Plastino, Goffredo, ed., Mediterranean Mosaic: Popular Music and Global Sounds, Routledge, p. 170, ISBN 0415936551 ^ "Bio". IMDb. ^ http://amrdiab.net/diab/awards/item/264-wma2014.html^ Lesswing, Bryan (October 2009). "Sounds of the Middle East, Minnesota provide options for listeners". The DePauw. Retrieved 20 December 2009. ^ Crane, Kelly (April 2010). "Egyptian superstar Amr Diab is set to rock Dubai". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010. ^ Matt, Ross (January 2011). "Q&A: Amr Diab". Rolling Stone Middle East. Retrieved 5 January 2011. ^ Frishkopf, Michael (2003). "Some Meanings of the Spanish Tinge in Contemporary Egyptian Music". In Plastino, Goffredo. Mediterranean mosaic: popular music and global sounds. Routledge. pp. 145–148. ISBN 978-0-415-93656-9. Retrieved 4 June 2009. ^ Cooper, David; Kevin Dawe (2005). The Mediterranean in music: Critical perspectives, common concerns, cultural differences. Scarecrow Press. p. 117. ISBN 0-8108-5407-4. ^ Valdivia, Victor W. "The Very Best of Amr Diab". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 

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Amr Diab (Amr Abd-Albaset Abd-Alaziz Diab), born on the 11th of October 1961 in Port Said, Egypt, he is an Egyptian Singer, he is known as the Father of Mediterranean Music. He has created his own style of music, which is a blend of western and Egyptian Rhythms. His songs was translated in to 7 different languages and sang by different artists worldwide

His father was the chairman of Marine Construction & Shipbuilding. He played a great role to igniting the early musical inspiration towards Diab's early stages in his professional music career. Amr at the age of six sang at the July 23rd Festival in Port Said, he was surprisingly rewarded with a guitar from the governor for his excellence.

Amr Diab has earned his bachelor degree in Arabic Music and graduated from the Cairo Academy of Arts in 1986.

Professionally, Amr Diab entered the musical arena and introduced his first album "Ya Tareea" (1983), integrated with the audience and gained lots of attention and success. Amr followed on producing several great albums: "Ghanny Men Albak" (1984), "Hala Hala" (1986), "Khalseen" (1987), "Mayyal" (1988), "Shawa'na" (1989) and "Matkhafesh" (1990).

Amr was chosen to perform and represent Egypt at the 5th Tournament of African Sports in 1990 where he sang in English, French and predominantly Arabic. Decisively and during the same year the star decided to invade the cinema with a role in the film "El Afareet" with the actress Madiha Kamel. Then came his other hit albums "Habibi" (1991), "Ayyamna" (1992) and "Ya Omrena" (1993). In 1992 and 1994, Amr played two more roles in the cinema in "Ice Cream Fe Glim" and "Dehk Wele'b Wegad Wehob"--which additionally was chosen as the opening film in the Egyptian Film Festival.

Amr Diab's musical career kept growing, aiming for musical excellence. He followed on and released the album "Weylomony" (1994). Amr Diab officially established himself as the super star of the Arab world with the launch of "Rag'een" (1995) and the popular "Nour El Ein" album (1996) which was not only a success in the Middle East but in the whole world and achieved many music awards. He then followed with "Awedony" (1998).

Amr Diab made a break through with one of his best smashing hits "Amarain" album (1999), Diab engaged with two singers during this album and produced amazing duets, one with the Algerian­-French based Cheb Khaled song "Alby" and the second with the Greek Angela Dimitriou song "Bahebbak Aktar".

The years 2000, 2001 & 2003 witnessed the compilation of all Amr Diab's past experience put together and release of Amr Diab's most magnificent albums ever "Tamally Ma'ak" , "Aktar Wahed" and "Allem Alby", as he engraved his quality of voice singing incorporated with astonishing sense of composer and musical arrangements. Amr always favored innovation of new music, form and style. He merged the Arabian oriental theme of music and the western style of musical beats, arrangements and finalization.

Respectively, Amr Diab has achieved the World Music Awards twice, as best selling middle eastern singer in both his albums "Nour El Ain" in 1998 and "Aktar Wahed" in 2002. Also received a Platinum Award for the sales of "Nour El Ain". Visit the awards section in this site to know more about Amr's awards.

2004's summer witnessed the release of "Leily Nehary" album, Diab gave his fans what they've been longing for, a dazzling hit which blew their minds off and topped their sensations. "Leily Nehary" according to the production company "Rotana" and the fans is to be one of the most successful albums out in the market. "Kammel Kalamak" was released after in December 2005 after a long anticipation from Amr's fans, according to the big sales records, the album was worth the wait! The album contains 10 tracks representing a year and half of continuous studio efforts. Amr won his 3rd World Music Awards on "Ellila de" album which has been released in July (2007).

El-Helm Biography [12 Parts] have been released on the TV Channels by the end 2008. The Biography reviewed Amr's success through his long career in addition to the international recognition and fame that Amr gained through his success.

After much anticipating, 2009 witnessed a new milestone in Amr's career, with the release of "Wayah". 12 track hits the summer to put Amr - as usual - on top of the race. Marina concert was the proven success from his fans with over 80,000 persons. The album won four African Music Awards in London and two Apple music awards in New York

The great artist Amr Diab released hit single " Aslaha Betefrea" in 2010; It included one song with three different arrangements, it achieved massive success and was on the top charts for this year

In addition to this, he performed his annual concert in Golf Porto Marina where More than 120,000 attended.

In October 2010, Amr Diab won two African music awards, Best Male Act of Africa and Best North African Artist, during the African Music Award Festival in London

September 2011, witnessed the release of the hit album "Banadeek Taala", which had massive success with its release, and was considered by all Amr Diab's fans, the best album that was ever released for Amr Diab. The album is produced by Rotana. Amr Diab composed 9 songs in this album, which was assumed to be the reason for the massive success of the album. The album contains 12 track-list.

In February 2011, Amr Diab released his hit single "Masr Allet" (i.e.: Egypt spoke). The song was released during the 2011 revolution in Egypt and was dedicated to the martyrs of the revolution

In 2012, Diab made the FIRST Google hangout in the middle east during his performance in Dubai. 10 winners had the chance to speak LIVE with Amr Diab via Google Hangout

Amr Diab launched his "Amr Diab Academy" in 2012 on YouTube. The program was in search for singers from all over the world. Diab intended to launch it on YouTube to make it easier for talents to enrol in the academy from all over the world. Thousands of talents submitted to Amr Diab Academy and at the last stage two winners were announced: Mohanad Zoheir and Wafae Chikki who joined him signing a duet in his Egypt concert in 2012

In 2013, Diab had his Golden Tour celebrating 30 years of success. The tour began in Australia and continued in Qatar, Dubai, Egypt, Greece and Romania

In August 2013, Diab released "El Leila" Album which was a major hit and was the number one selling album on all the world category in iTunes and Rotana. Diab released his music video "El Leila" which was shot in Greece, the music video made more than 10 million views shortly after its release

On New Year's Eve 2013, Diab performed in Romania, Bucharest. The concert had thousands of Romanian fans and other fans flew to attend the concert. The concert took place in Romexpo stadium

On May 27, 2014 Amr Diab won big at World Music Awards in Monaco, Diab has won: 1- Best Egyptian Artist, 2- Best Male Arab Artist 3- Best-selling Arab Album (El Leila) 4- World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online

Unfortunately Amr Diab could not be in Monaco to receive his awards. Diab is now considered the only Middle Eastern artist to receive 7 World Music Awards throughout the years

Amr Diab's domestic life is just as rewarding as his musical career, married to Zeina Ashour, his children are Nour (girl), the twin Abdu-Allah (boy) & Kinzy (girl), and Jana (girl). The father Amr Diab is a great family man, who dedicates his time to his family.

Amr Diab's hard work and passion to creating quality music and new stylized musical techniques was his ultimate aim throughout the years. He has certainly and clearly delivered to all his multi-national fans around the globe and proved that he is one of the best Middle Eastern singers with extraordinary talent, determination, charisma and charming appearance.

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Musical career[edit]

Amr Diab in his style of "Pan-Mediterranean" Arabic music fused touches of flamenco and raï with western pop with traditional Arabic rhythms. By 1992, he became the first Arabic artist to start making high-tech music videos.

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Albums1.1 Tamally Ma'ak1.2 Wayah (2009)1.3 Success Of El Leila (2013)


Main article: Amr Diab Discography
Tamally Ma'ak[edit]
Main article: Tamally Ma'ak
Wayah (2009)[edit]

The world music award of for the best-selling album in the Middle East 2009, Wayah (With Her) was released for sale on the internet on 27 June; however, the album was leaked online and was downloaded illegally amid complaints of slow download speed on the official site. Diab's fans initiated a massive boycott of the sites with the illegal copies.

On 18 October 2009 Amr Diab won four 2009 African Music Awards in the following categories: best artist, best album, best vocalist and best song for "Wayah"; Amr Diab has been nominated by the Big Apple Music Awards.

Success Of El Leila (2013)[edit]
^ "Amr Diab's album sweeping cassette market". Musicananet. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.  (Arabic)^ Khaled Taha (25 October 2009). "Amr Diab wins four African Music Awards" (in Arabic). ART. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 

Music videos[edit]

Diab is one of the first singers to popularise music videos in the Arab world and the first Egyptian singer to appear in music videos.

The most anticipated video clip of 2007, "N'eoul Eih", was released on 14 August that year on Rotana TV.

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Film career[edit]

Diab's fame in the music industry has led him to experiment with other forms of media, such as film. Amr played himself in his first film, El Afareet, which was released in 1989. It also starred Madiha Kamel. His second film Ice Cream in Gleam (Ays Krim fi Glym), in which Diab starred in 1992, was chosen as one of the best five Egyptian musical films by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The film was featured in the UCLA Film and Television Archive's new program "Music on the Nile: Fifty Years of Egyptian Musical Films" at James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 6, 8 and 10 April. David Chute of the Los Angeles Weekly termed it "observant" and "a big leap". His third movie was released in 1993, and was named Deahk We La'ab (Laughter and Fun). The film premiered in the Egyptian Film Festival in 1993. Amr played alongside international Egyptian movie star Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago) and Yousra. Overall, Diab did not experience the same level of success in film that he had with his music career. Since 1993, Diab has focused on his singing career.

^ Chute, David; Irene G. Behnan (8 April 1999). "All Singing! All Belly-Dancing". Los Angeles Weekly. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 

Egyptian Revolution[edit]

During the 2011 uprising, some protesters criticized Diab for staying silent, and for fleeing Egypt for London. However, a few days after former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Amr Diab composed and sang a memorial song, "Masr A'let" (Egypt Said Its Word), and released it in conjunction with a music video showing pictures of the martyrs who died in the uprising. He also initiated a charity campaign "Masry Begad" ("Real Egyptian"), a social national program aimed at serving and rebuilding Egyptian society. His online radio station Diab FM often presents talks and discussions about what Diab FM team can offer to the community as well as applying it practically by being present in different sites across Egypt with a new humanitarian project each week.

^ "Egyptian celebrities face protesters' wrath in post-Mubarak Egypt". Asharq al-awsat, 18 February 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2013. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsxyHbWY71s^ http://diabfm.com/masry-begad

Amr Diab in movies[edit]

Amr Diab's songs have appeared in several films, including:

"Wala Ala Baloh" in Divine Intervention (2002)"Awedouni" in The Dancer Upstairs (2002)"El Alem Alah" and "Nour El Ain" in O Clone (2001)"Nafs El Makan" in Double Whammy (2001)"Tamally Ma'ak" and "Nour El Ain" in the French movie, Coco (2009)"Nour El Ain" in Malcolm in the Middle TV series (Season 4, Episode 4, Episode name: Stupid Girl), released on 9 January 2000 (USA)"Wala Ala Baloh" in The Dictator (2012) ^ "Soundtracks for Yadon ilaheyya". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 June 2009. ^ "Soundtracks for The Dancer Upstairs". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 June 2009. ^ "Soundtracks for O Clone". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 June 2009. ^ "Amr Diab Filmography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2009. ^ "Malcolm in the Middle, Season 4, Episode 4 notes". CNET Network: TV.com. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
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