Ahmed Adaweyah

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Ahmed Adaweyah (Arabic: احمد عدوية‎) is an Egyptian singer of sha'abi music. He has starred in 27 Egyptian films. Adaweyah started his career as a cafe waiter but in 1971, he began performing songs using the language of the streets of Cairo, full of working class slang and double entendres. Like many shaabi (meaning of the 'people', or working class) singers Adaweyah specializes in mawal (vocal improvisation).[1]

He was drugged and attacked by a jealous Kuwaiti husband in 1998.[2]


  1. ^ Jackson, Leon. "Biography: Ahmed Adaweyah". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Andrew Hammond Popular Culture in the Arab World: Arts, Politics, and the Media 2007 9774160541 "Any chance of a comeback for Adawiya himself, though, painfully ended in 1998 when a cuckolded Kuwaiti husband ... and on the streets a rhyming phrase was coined, Ahmed Adawiya, ba'd al- 'amaliya (Ahmed Adawiya, after the operation')."