Namira performing at a concert in 2010
|Birth name||Hamza Namira|
|Born||15 November 1980|
Abha, Saudi Arabia
Hamza Namira (Arabic: حمزة نمرة) is an Egyptian singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has released three albums from the production of Awakening Records: Dream With Me, Insan, Esmaani; and a single album from Namira production, his own foundation: Hateer Min Thany. Besides singing, for which he is mostly known, he has also composed and arranged musical tracks. Some were his own work, like his albums heads Esmaani and Insan. Others, however, were collaborations with other artists, like composing Maher Zain's song Ya Nabi Salam Alayka, and contributing to arranging the cartoony re-make Egyptian Jingle Bells or the Oh la la song.
Namira started to develop an interest in music when he was 17 years old, and he set about learning the guitar, keyboard, and ‘oud. He also developed interests in several musical styles: Middle Eastern, Egyptian traditional and folk music, light rock, jazz, and Latin music. From 1999 until 2004, Namira played in a band headed by the Alexandrian artist Nabil Bakly and went on to form his own group. He composed his first songs and succeeded in getting a few like-minded friends together and established the band "Nomaira". In the meantime, he studied Commerce at the Alexandria University and graduated in 2003.
Namira's second album, Insan [Human] was released in July 2011. This coincided with the Egyptian revolution, which he declared was a main factor in his popularity. According to him, he wants to express the real issues of his generation, which he thinks mainstream works don't cover due to concerns of musical market needs and pressure from production companies.
When British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Egypt on 21 February 2011 (only ten days after President Hosni Mubarak left office), Namira was one of a select group of people invited to meet with him and to participate in a one-hour discussion about the future of Egypt.
Namira's fixation on sociopolitical issues continued along the timeline of the Egyptian part of the Arab Spring, with the last obviously relevant work being his 2013 single Wa Ollak Eh, in which he emphasized on rejecting violence, hatred, and the general polarized environment at that time, as exemplified by the Mokattam clashes, in which more than 100 people were injured.
In 2016, Namira launched his own TV series Remix (Arabic: ريمكس) on the pan-Arab TV channel Al Araby. Each 30-minute episode would end with a special collaborative performance of the songs by Namira and an accompanying musical band or vocalists in a contemporary fashion.
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|2008||Ehlam Maaya (Dream With Me)||
|2011||Insan (A Human)||
|2014||Esmaani (Listen to Me)||
|2018||Hateer Min Thany||
|2016||Remix Hamza Namira||
In November 2014, Namira's songs were banned from Egyptian state radio for "criticising the authorities"
Namira joined a two-day UK tour organized by Human Appeal International to fundraise for medical equipment and provide training for more than 10,000 medical practitioners in Egypt. He performed in Vienna, Austria in October 2014 in an event organized by Humanic Relief.
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