Hamza Namira

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Hamza Namira
Hamza Namira Concert.jpeg
Namira performing at a concert in 2010
Background information
Native name
حمزة نمرة
Birth nameHamza Namira
Nationality: Egyptian Egypt
BornNovember 1980 (age 38)
Mecca
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active1999–present
LabelsAwakening Records (now Awakening Music) (2008-2016)
Namira Productions
Associated actsMaher Zain, Mesut Kurtis, Raef, Humood Alkhudher, Harris J

Hamza Namira (Arabic: حمزة نمرة‎; born 15 November 1980) is an Egyptian singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has released three albums: Dream With Me, Insan, and Esmaani produced by Awakening Records.

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

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".[1]

Breakthrough success[edit]

Namira's second album, Insan [Human] was released in July 2011.[2]

When British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Egypt on February 21, 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.[3]

Namira held many concerts including at Library of Alexandria and at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He has also performed in many Arab countries.[4]

Namira said his main musical influence is Nabil Bakly; a relatively unknown musician, whose group Hamza joined from 2000 to 2001. Hamza Namira is being hailed as the "new Sayed Darwish".[5]

Remix series[edit]

In 2016, Namira launched his own TV series Remix (in Arabic ريمكس) on the pan-Arab TV channel Al Araby. The popular series filmed in a number of countries featured a repertoire of songs from various cultures of the Arab world, their relevance in the folkloric tradition, and the process Namira went through in collaborating with a number of artists and musical groups in remixing these traditional songs and interpreting them in a refreshing alternative way. 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.[6] Namira later released the collaborations in a Remix Hamza Namira album.

With the immense popularity of the initial 12-episode series, a new series was announced on the same channel that aired in 2017 and a further third series in 2018.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Track list
2008 Ehlam Maaya (Dream With Me)
  1. Morgiha - Swing
  2. Ehlam Ma'aya - Dream With Me
  3. Konna Wehna Soghar - When We Were Young
  4. Fattah Shababik 'Eineek - Open Your Eyes
  5. Shedd El Hizam - Tighten Up Your Belt
  6. Ya Tair - O' Bird
  7. Wana Fi Tareeqy - While I Was Running
  8. Al Taghreeb - Alienation 1
  9. Ya Rabb - O' Lord
  10. Ehlam Ma'aya (Acoustic Version) - Dream With Me
2011 Insan (A Human)
  1. Insan - A Human
  2. El-Midan - The Square
  3. Hansa - I'll Forget
  4. Taghreeba II - Alienation 2
  5. Ya Muhawwin - O' Clement
  6. Ewidooni - Promise Me
  7. Ibn El-Watan - O' Son Of This Country!
  8. Balady Ya Balady - Homeland .. O' Homeland
  9. Ya Hanah! - Oh, How Lucky!
  10. Doori - Revolve Around
  11. Haser Hesarak - Besiege Your Siege
  12. Ala Bab Allah - Standing By Allah's Door
  13. Wushoosh - Faces
  14. Sout - Voice
  15. Hila Hila Ya Matr - Come Down O' Rain!
  16. Esmy Masr - My Name's Egypt
2014 Esmaani (Listen to Me)
  1. Esmaani - Listen To Me!
  2. Sabah El-Kheer - Good Morning
  3. Ya Lala
  4. Ay Kalam - Empty Words
  5. Dalmet kda leeh - Why It Darkened?
  6. El-Atr - The Train
  7. Tesmahy- Can You Please
  8. Ya Sidi - My Master
  9. La Tabki - Don't Cry
  10. Kolo Beya'addi - It All Pass
  11. Ya Mazloom - O' Oppressed One
  12. Ma3a EL-Salama - Farewell
2015 El Mesaharaty
  1. Zeina
  2. Zahma
  3. Ghorba
  4. Kora
  5. Helal
  6. Manish Darwish
  7. Wasfa
  8. Iblees
  9. Nabina
  10. Taraweeh
  11. El Omm
  12. Napoleon
  13. Khatma
  14. Intizar
  15. Istighfar
  16. Akher 10 Ayam
  17. Daqqet Tabla
  18. Leilet AlQadr
  19. Akher Leila (Last Night)
2018 Hateer Min Tany

Remix albums

Year Title Track list
2016 Remix Hamza Namira
  1. Enas Enas (with Reminisce band) (4:56) (Morocco in Tamazigt)
  2. Ya Zareef Al Tool (with 47Soul) (5:05) (Palestine)
  3. Wain Ayamak (feat. Hamid Alshaery) (2:44) (Libya)
  4. Salma Ya Salama / Raggle Taggle Gypsy (with Wraggle Taggle Band) (4:23) (Egypt)
  5. Jaljal Aleh Al Roman (4:47) (Iraq)
  6. Mal Almagadir (with Nour Project) (4:29) (Egypt)
  7. W Sari Sara El Leil / Wein a Ramallah (feat. Tarek an Nasser and Rem band) (5:46 / 1:20) (Jordan / Palestine)
  8. Ya Bahr El Toufan (with Valkania) (4:13) (Algeria)
  9. Ya Oud Al Rouman (with Baraka band) (3:41) (Saudi Arabia)
  10. Ya Nes Jaratli Gharaeeb (with Zap Tharwat, Omar Sammur, Ben Eaton) (5:51) (Tunisia)
  11. Manich Mena (with AlQoura) (4:25) (Morocco / Algeria)
  12. Yawman Toatebna (feat. Ramon Ruiz and Manuel de la Niña) (4:05) (Egypt)

Videography[edit]

Year Title
2008
  • Dream with Me (Ehlam Ma'aya)
2009
  • Two Birds (Asforeen)
2010
  • O Israel (Ya Israeel)
  • I'm the Egyptian (Ana El-Masri)
2011
  • Human (Insan)
  • Hila Hila ya Matar
  • Mawaweel
2013
  • The Square (El-Midan)
2014
  • What to Tell You (Wa Ollak Eih)
2018
  • Dary ya Alby
2019
  • Hekayet Tefl - A kid's story

Political views[edit]

In November 2014, his songs were banned from Egyptian state radio for "criticising the authorities" [7]

Philanthropy[edit]

  • 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.[8][9]
  • Hamza Namira performed in Vienna, Austria in October 2014 in an event organized by Humanic Relief.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foley, Sean. "The Artist of the Revolution: Hamza Namira, the Arab Spring, and the Dream of a Free Egypt". Middle East Institute. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Hamza Namira: Insan". Cairo360. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  3. ^ Watt, Nicholas (21 February 2011). "David Cameron arrives in Egypt to meet military rulers". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Hamza Namira to perform latest hits at Al-Azhar Park". Ahram Online. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Hamza Namira's "Dream With Me" restores Sayed Darwish". almustaqbal. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  6. ^ EgyptianStreets.com: Hamza Namira is back
  7. ^ "Egypt radio bans popular singer Hamza Namira for 'critical' songs". BBC News. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  8. ^ Elkamel, Sara (27 January 2013). "Hamza Namira performs in UK fundraiser for medical equipment for Egypt". Ahram Online. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Art Alert: Egyptian musician Hamza Namira to perform in two UK concerts". Ahram Online. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Opferfest-Veranstaltung". Retrieved 8 October 2014.

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