Amr Diab

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Amr Diab
Amr Abdul Baset Diab.jpg
Background information
Birth name Amr Abdel Basset Abdel Azeez Diab
Born (1961-10-11) 11 October 1961 (age 53)
Port Said, Egypt
Genres Arab pop, dance, folk dance, Latin pop
Occupation(s) Singer, composer
Instruments Vocal, Piano
Years active 1983–present

Amr Abdul-Basset Abdul-Azeez Diab (Arabic: عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب‎  pronounced [ʕɑmɾ ʕæbdelˈbɑːsetˤ ʕæbdelʕæˈziːz deˈjæːb];[pronunciation 1] born 11 October 1961)[1] 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 and Best Male Arab Artist) at the World Music Awards 2014. Diab is the only Middle Eastern artist to have received 6 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.[2][3][4] He has created his own style which is often termed "Mediterranean Music" or "Mediterranean Sound", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.[5]

In The Mediterranean in Music, David Cooper and Kevin Dawe referred to his music as "the new breed of Mediterranean music".[6] According to author Michael Frishkopf, Amr Diab has produced a new concept of Mediterranean music, especially in his international hit, "Nour El Ain".[5]

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."[7]


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 has created his own style of music, which is a blend of western and Egyptian rhythms.

His father was the chairman of Marine Construction & Shipbuilding.

Amr Diab has earned his bachelor degree in Arabic Music and graduated from the Cairo Academy of Arts in 1987.

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.[5]


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.[8]

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.[9]

Success Of El Leila (2013)[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Virgin Egypt Chart 1
Virgin Lebanon Chart 1
Virgin UAE Chart 1
Virgin Saudi Arabia Chart 1
Virgin Jordan Chart 1
Virgin Qatar Chart 1
Virgin Oman Chart 1
Virgin Bahrain Chart 1
iTunes Chart (2013) Peak
Egypt Chart 1
UAE Chart 1
Lebanon Chart 1
Saudi Arabia Chart 1
Jordan Chart 1
Qatar Chart 1
Oman Chart 1
Bahrain Chart 1

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.[5]

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

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".[10] 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.

Egyptian Revolution[edit]

During the 2011 uprising, some protesters criticized Diab for staying silent, and for fleeing Egypt for London.[11] 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),[12] 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.[13]

Amr Diab in movies[edit]

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


Official Albums

  • 1983: Ya Tareeq (يا طريق - O Road)
  • 1985: Ghanny Men Albak (غنّي من قلبك - Sing From Your Heart)
  • 1986: Hala Hala (هلا هلا - Welcome, Welcome)
  • 1987: Khalseen (خالصين - We're Even)
  • 1988: Mayyal (ميّال - In Love)
  • 1989: Shawaana (شوقنا - Missing You)
  • 1990: Matkhafeesh (متخافيش - Don't Worry)
  • 1991: Habiby (حبيبي - My Love)
  • 1992: Ayamna (أيامنا - Our Days)
  • 1992: Ice Cream Fi Gleam (أيس كريم في جليم - Ice Cream In Gleam)
  • 1993: Ya Omrena (يا عمرنا - Our Life)
  • 1994: W Ylomoony (و يلوموني - And They Blame Me)
  • 1994: Zekrayat (ذكريات - Memories)
  • 1995: Ragaeen (راجعين - We'll Be Back)
  • 1996: Nour El-Ain (نور العين - Light Of The Eye)
  • 1998: Awedoony (عوّدوني - They Got Me Used To)
  • 1999: Amarein (قمرين - Two Moons)
  • 2000: Tamally Maak (تملي معاك - Always With You)
  • 2001: Aktar Wahed (أكتر واحد - The Most One)
  • 2003: Allem Alby (علم قلبي - Teach My Heart)
  • 2004: Leily Nahary (ليلي نهاري - My Night, My Day)
  • 2005: Kammel Kalamak (كمّل كلامك - Keep Talking)
  • 2007: El Leila De (الليلا دي - This Night)
  • 2009: Wayah (ويّاه - With Her)
  • 2010: Aslaha Btefre' (اصلها بتفرق - Because She Makes A Difference)
  • 2011: Banadeek Ta'ala (بناديك تعالى - I'm calling you come )
  • 2013: El Leila (الليلة - Tonight)
  • 2014: Shoft El Ayaam (Seen The Days)

Unofficial Albums

  • 1984* Forsan Asia ( Asia Knights - فرسان آسيا )
  • 1986 Menin Ageeb Nas (Where Can I Get People - منين أجيب ناس ) - ( Yanabee' El Nahr TV Series - مسلسل ينابيع النهار )
  • 1986* Ya Helwa ( Sweetie - يا حلوة )
  • 1987 Assef ( Sorry - آسف ) - ( Assef la yogad hal akhar TV Series - مسلسل آسف لا يوجد حل آخر )
  • 1999 The best of Amr diab ( أحلى ما غنى عمرو دياب )
  • 2002 Rewind
  • 2004 Amr Diab Greatest Hits (1986–1995)
  • 2005 Amr Diab Greatest Hits (1996–2003)
  • 2005 Mateftekrish ( Don't Even Think - ماتفتكريش )


  1. ^ His common shortened name, Amr Diab, is pronounced in Egyptian Arabic as [ʕɑm.ɾedˈjæːb]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Mediterranean Mosaic by Goffredo Plastino
  • Egypt by Virginia Maxwell, Mary Fitzpatrick, Siona Jenkins, Anthony Sattin
  • World Music by Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham, Richard Trillo, Orla Duane, Vanessa Dowell
  • Teens in Egypt by Barbara A. Somervill
  • Syria & Lebanon by Terry Carter, Lara Dunston, Andrew Humphreys, Damien Simonis
  • World Music by Richard Nidel
  • The Mediterranean in Music by David Cooper, Kevin Dawe
  • The Middle East by Library Information and Research Service
  • Let's Go Egypt by Let's Go, Inc., Joey Shabot, Dave Newman, Elizabeth Ogburn, Charlotte Houghteling

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