Amr Diab

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Amr Diab
Amr Abdul Baset Diab.jpg
Background information
Native name عمرو دياب
Also known as El Hadaba
Born October 11, 1961
Origin Port Said, Egypt
Genres Arabic Pop, dance, folk dance [1]
Occupation(s) Singer, Solo Singer, Composer, Actor, Body Builder
Years active 1983–present

Moseeqa (former) Pyramedia (former) Sout El Delta (former) Alam El Phan (former)

Rotana Records (current)

Amr Abd El-Basset Abd El-Azeez Diab (Arabic: عمرو عبدالباسط عبد العزيز دياب‎  pronounced [ˈʕɑm.ɾe ʕæbdelˈbɑːsetˤ ʕæbdelʕæˈziːz deˈjæːb];[pronunciation 1] born 11 October 1961)[2] is an Egyptian popstar and composer of Pop music. He is widely considered the god father of Mediterranean music and the best selling Middle Eastern artist of all time. He has been 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. He has also won (Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online) at the World Music Awards 2014.[3] Amr Diab is the only Middle Eastern artist to have received 7 World Music Awards. He 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. He has had five platinum records:Matkhafiesh (1990), Habiby (1991), Ayyamna (1992),Ya Omrena (1993) and Nour El Ain (1997, triple platinum). 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.

Amr Diab with His 7 World Music Awards

Early life[edit]

Amr Diab was born on October 11, 1961 in Port Said, Egypt into an artistic family. His father, Abdul Basset Diab, worked for the Suez Canal Corporation and was the chairman of Marine Construction & Shipbuilding in the canal. Diab's father played a huge role in igniting the early sparks of musical inspiration towards Diab's early stages in his professional music career. Diab, at the age of six, had his first shot at fame when he sang the Egyptian National Anthem "Bilady, Bilady, Bilady" at the annual July 23 Festival in Port Said. Shocking everyone with his amazing voice and singing talent, he was rewarded with a guitar from the governor of Port Said for his excellence. After being awarded the guitar, Diab saw this as his shot to fame, and continued his life singing and pleasing people with his voice through his teenage years. Diab had earned his bachelor's degree in Arabic Music and graduated at the Cairo Academy of Arts in 1986.


Diab entered the musical arena and introduced his first album Ya Tareea in 1983. He followed with several additional albums: Ghanny Men Albak (1984), Hala Hala (1986), Khalseen (1987), Mayyal (1988), Shawa'na (1989) and Matkhafesh (1990). Diab was chosen to perform and represent Egypt at the 5th Tournament of African Sports in 1990 where he sang in mostly in Arabic, but also in English and French.[citation needed] During the same year he had a role in the film El Afareet with actress Madiha Kamel.[citation needed] Then came albums Habibi (1991), Ayyamna (1992) and Ya Omrena (1993). In 1992 and 1994, Amr played two more film roles in Ice Cream Fy Gleem and Dehk Wele'b Wegad Wehob.[citation needed] Diab released the album Weylomony in 1994, and officially established himself as a super star of the Arab world with the launch of Rag'een in 1995 and the popular Nour El Ein album in 1996 which achieved many music awards.[citation needed] He then followed with Awedony in 1998. Diab made a breakthrough with his hit Amarain album in 1999.[citation needed] He performed duets on this album with Algerian-French based Cheb Khaled (on the song "Alby") and with Greek Angela Dimitriou (on the song "Bahebbak Aktar"). Diab has achieved the World Music Awards twice as best selling Middle Eastern singer, with his albums Nour El Ain in 1998 and Aktar Wahed in 2002.[citation needed] He also received a Platinum Award for the sales of Nour El Ain.[citation needed] The summer of 2004 witnessed the release of the Leily Nehary album. Kammel Kalamak was released in December 2005 and contains 10 tracks representing a year and half of continuous studio efforts. Amr won his third World Music Award on his Ellila de album, which was released in July 2007.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] September 2011 saw the release of his album Banadeek Taala, produced by Rotana. Amr Diab composed 9 of the 12 songs on this album.[citation needed] On February 2011, Amr Diab released his hit single "Masr Allet" (Egypt spoke). The song was released during the 2011 revolution in Egypt and was dedicated to the martyrs of the revolution.[citation needed] In 2012, Diab hosted the first Google Hangout in the Middle East during his performance in Dubai. Ten winners had the chance to speak live with Diab.[citation needed] Diab launched his "Amr Diab Academy" in 2012 on YouTube. The program searched for singers from all over the world. Thousands of applicants were submitted, and at the last stage two winners were announced: Mohanad Zoheir and Wafae Chikki joined Diab, signing a duet in his Egypt concert in 2012.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] On August 2013, Diab released the El Leila album which was the number one selling album in the world category in iTunes and Rotana.[citation needed] Diab released his music video "El Leila", which was shot in Greece, and the music video made more than 10 million views shortly after its release.[citation needed] On May 27, 2014 Amr Diab won Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, Best-selling Arab Album (El Leila), and World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online at the World Music Awards in Monaco.[citation needed] On October 2014, Amr Diab released his album "Shoft El Ayam" which topped his last album "El Leila" and again became the best selling album in Egypt in iTunes and Rotana. On July 2015, Amr Diab released the music video from his song "Gamalo" from his album "Shoft El Ayam."

Musical Style[edit]

Diab is known as the father of Mediterranean Music.[4][5][6] He has created his own style which is often termed "Mediterranean Music" or "Mediterranean Sound", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.[7] David Cooper and Kevin Dawe refer to his music as "the new breed of Mediterranean music".[8] According to author Michael Frishkopf, Diab has produced a new concept of Mediterranean music, especially with his international hit, "Nour El Ain".[7]

Amr Diab's "Pan-Mediterranean" style Arabic music fuses touches of flamenco and raï with western pop and traditional Arabic rhythms.[citation needed] By 1992, he became the first Arabic artist to start making high-tech music videos.[7] His composition tamally maak was appreciated overseas and the song was copied by Indian music composer Anu Mallik in the 2004 film "Murder".[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Aside from his musical career, Diab is also an active fitness enthusiast. Diab is well known for maintaining his physique and his intense body building. Diab was previously married to Shereen Reda, which lasted from 1989-1992, later ending in a divorce. Together they both have one daughter, Nour, who became well known through the song, "Habibi Ya Nour El Ain." Diab is currently married to Zeina Ashour, whom which he has three children with: Abdallah, Kinzy, and Jana.


Main article: Amr Diab Discography

Tamally Ma'ak[edit]

"Tamally Maak", meaning "Always with you", is written by Ahmed Ali Moussa and the music for the song was composed by Sherif Tag.[1] Original arrangement was by Tarek Madkour. The very popular video was filmed in Czech Republic and the instrumentation prominently included the classic guitar.

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.[9]

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 had been nominated by the Big Apple Music Awards.[10]

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 popularize music videos in the Arab world and the first Egyptian singer to appear in music videos.[7]

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 at UCLA on 6, 8 and 10 April 1999. David Chute of the Los Angeles Weekly termed it "observant" and "a big leap".[11] 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.[12] 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),[13] 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 the 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.[14]

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 (شفت الأيام - 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 [ˈʕɑm.ɾedˈjæːb]


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