Ahmed Chawki

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(Ahmed Chawki)
أحمد شوقي
Birth name Ahmed Chawki
Born (1982-05-31) 31 May 1982 (age 35)
Jbel Dersa, Tétouan, Morocco
Genres Pop, Moroccan pop
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, chorus
Instruments vocals
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts La Paloma (band), RedOne, Pitbull, Magic System

Ahmed Chawki (Arabic: أحمد شوقي‎) (born in Tétouan, Morocco on 31 May 1982),[1] better known by his stage name Chawki, is a Moroccan recording artist and chorus. He rose to fame in 2013 after his collaboration with Moroccan-Swedish producer RedOne in the international hit "Habibi I Love You" (meaning darling, I love you) featuring accompanying rap by the Cuban-American rapper Pitbull.[2] The song became a big summer hit on the Middle Eastern charts as well as charting Europe, including France and the Netherlands. On occasion of the 2014 World Cup, he was featured in a football-themed song "Magic in the Air" by Magic System, a hit in France and Belgium. The track as with "Habibi I Love You" was produced by RedOne. He is signed to RedOne Records, an international record label founded and owned by the renowned producer.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Chawki has been composing and singing poems since childhood. He studied at the National School of Theatre and Singing in Tétouan, and took part in a number of events and won several awards. He then enrolled at the Institute of Fine Arts in Tétouan, specializing in classical and Western singing, while studying musical theory.

In 2000, Chawki took the first prize at the Arab Music Festival, organized by "Maison du Littoral" in Tetouan.[4] He then formed his musical band La Paloma alongside other young musicians.[5] La Paloma that made a fusion sound based on Arab, Moroccan and flamenco music participated for years to come on several national and international festivals, with big success and media coverage.[6] As a result, he became a regular guest on Television shows and on radio channels, including 2M via the program Nasima and Chanel One. His hit songs included "Ya Lmima", "La Paloma" and "Sinine", the latter in collaboration with the Spanish band Librejano.

2009 and 2010 saw release of further hits by Chawki including "Inta Lya", "Ya Nassini", "Ghaly" and "La Paloma" with moderate success, despite lack of support by record labels.

2013: Breakthrough[edit]

Chawki caught the attention of RedOne during the production of the collective pan-Arab operetta work "Bukra" (in Arabic بكرة meaning tomorrow) in cooperation with Quincy Jones. Eventually Chawki was included alongside a great number of Arab artists in the project.[5] Ahmed Chawki's breakthrough came in 2012, when he teamed up with RedOne.[6] At that time, RedOne had produced Khaled's latest album C'est la vie and the title track "C'est la vie" opening the door for further collaborations with Middle East acts including Ahmed Chawki with "Habibi I Love You", a multilingual crossover song with Arabic elements and western dance tunes.

The main version of "Habibi I Love You" by Ahmed Chawki featuring Pitbull became a big hit during the summer of 2013, with a live performance during the closing ceremonies of Festival Mawazine 2013 in Rabat[7] and topping the charts in Lebanon, Egypt and the Persian Gulf area during summer 2013.

The song was notably a hit in France charting in SNEP, the official French Singles Chart with additional French lyrics as "Habibi I Love You (Mon Amour I Love you)" with vocals featuring French-Algerian singer Kenza Farah.[2] The French trilingual version was launched with a live performance in Marseilles during the "Fête de la Musique" on 21 June 2013. It was popularized in Spain and all Hispanic markets with a Spanish language additional lyrics interpreted both by Ahmed Chawki and singer Sophia Del Carmen and rap by Pitbull. The song was a summer hit in the Netherlands through a Dutch version that included Dutch singer Do van Hulst, The Dutch version, actually a multilingual Dutch, Spanish, English and Arabic version was credited to Chawki featuring Pitbull & Do. It was performed by Chawki and Do on RTL Late Night.[8] The song also sold quite well in Scandinavian markets owing to involvement of RedOne, who had started his career in Sweden. Chawki's song has been covered including in Romanian as "Habibi" by Nek si Blondu de la Timisoara. Ahmed Chawki released an official Romanian version that features Mandinga with additional Romanian lyrics. Chawki performs his parts in Arabic and Spanish.

The song has been subject to great number of remixes and appears in a number of compilations. It also remains greatly popular with zumba fitness exercise adherents.

Chawki released his second single "Ana Bahwak" (I Adore You) also produced by RedOne[9]

2014: Further success[edit]

On occasion of the 2014 World Cup, Ahmed Chawki now going with the mononym Chawki was featured in a football-themed song "Magic in the Air" by Magic System, in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, a hit in France and Belgium and many other European charts. The track as in the case of "Habibi I Love You" was produced by RedOne.

He simultaneously released his solo single "Time of Our Lives" again produced by RedOne and released on RedOne Records. A French language version as "Time of Our Lives (Notre Moment)" and an Arabic version "Farhat al 'Aalam" were also released.

List of awards received by Ahmed Chawki[edit]

Africa Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref
2016 Tsunami African Video of the Year Nominated [10]
Best North African Video Nominated [11]
Best African Dance Video Nominated [12]



Year Singles Peak positions Notes

Dutch Top 40

Top 100

2013 "Habibi I Love You"
(featuring Pitbull) (France)
(featuring Pitbull & Do) (Netherlands)
153  – 2*
Versions of "Habibi I Love You"
  • Ahmed Chawki featuring Kenza Farah & Pitbull
  • Ahmed Chawki featuring Sophia del Carmen & Pitbull
  • Ahmed Chawki featuring Pitbull & Do
  • Ahmed Chawki featuring Mandinga & Pitbull
2014 "Time of Our Lives" 15 13**
 –  –
Versions of "Time of Our Lives"
  • "Time of Our Lives (Notre Moment)" (mainly French)
  • "Farhat al 'Aalam" (mainly Arabic)
2014 "It's My Life (Don't Worry)"
(featuring Dr. Alban)
187  –  –  –

*Did not chart in the main Belgian Ultratop chart, but on the "bubbling under" Belgian Ultratip chart
**Did not chart in the main Dutch 40 chart, but on the "bubbling under" Dutch Tipparade chart

Non charting single releases
  • 2009: "Inta liya"
  • 2010: "Ya Nasini Ya Habibi" (in Arabic يا ناسيني يا حبيبي)
  • 2010: "Ghaly" (in Arabic غالي)
  • 2014: "Ana Bahwak" (in Arabic أنا بهواك)
  • 2014: "Come Alive" (featuring RedOne)
  • 2015: "Kayna Wla Makaynach" (in Arabic كاينة ولا ماكيناش)
  • 2016: "Tsunami" (in Arabic تسونامي)
  • 2017: "Qahwa" (in Arabic قهوة)

Featured in[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification Album


2014 "Magic in the Air"
(Magic System featuring Chawki)
10 1 3 64 23 Magic System album Africainement vôtre


  1. ^ Medi1 TV: ضيف البرنامج أحمد شوقي (in Arabic)
  2. ^ a b Charts in France: Kenza Farah collabore avec Pitbull pour le single "Habibi I Love You" d'Ahmed Chawki (in French)
  3. ^ Al Ahdath al Maghribiyya: أحمد شوقي يصور «كليبه» مع النجم الأمريكي بيتبول Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. (in Arabic)
  4. ^ a b HitRadio Maroc: Avec l'artiste marocain Ahmed Chawki (in French)
  5. ^ a b Al Khabar Maroc: المنتج العالمي المغربي ريدوان أنتج أغنية جديدة للفنان أحمد شوقي (in Arabic)
  6. ^ a b Al Ahdath al Maghribiyya المنتج العالمي ريدوان يتعاقد مع أول فنان مغربي أحمد شوقي (in Arabic)
  7. ^ أحمد شوقي مدلل "ريدوان " يحظى بما لا يحظى به الآخرون في موازين Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. (in Arabic)
  8. ^ Hitzound.nl: Chawki featuring Pitbull & Do - "Habibi I Love You" (in Dutch)
  9. ^ Al Shamal al Aan: ريدوان ينتج أنا بهواك أغنية جديدة للمغني الشاب أحمد شوقي Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. (in Arabic)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  12. ^ https://www.bellanaija.com/2016/10/yemi-alade-wizkid-diamond-platnumz-cassper-nyovest-others-nominated-for-watsup-tv-africa-music-video-awards-set-to-hold-this-december/
  13. ^ a b "Ahmed Chawki discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Chawki discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Chawki discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Dutch Top 40 and Tipparade charts
  17. ^ "Chawki discography". dutchcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Chawki discography". ultratop.be/nl/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Chawki discography". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014.