Nasr Mahrous

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Nasr Mahrous
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Nasr Mahrous
Born (1969-01-07) 7 January 1969 (age 48)
Cairo, Egypt
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Occupation Chairman of Free Music Art Production= Music Producer, Film producer, Director, Lyricist and Composer
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Androulla Konstantinidou (9 March 2002–present)
Children Victor, Peter, Antonius
Website

http://www.NasrMahrous.com

http://www.FreeMusicEg.com

Nasr Mahrous Abdel Masih Tanious (born 7 January 1969) is an Egyptian music producer, best known for his Record label FreeMusic art production company. He is also known as a Star-Maker, Producer, Director, Lyricist and Composer.


Early life[edit]

Nasr Mahrous was born at home in Heliopolis, Cairo, the son of Mahrous Abdel Masih and Mathilda Botros. He is the second elder brother to three sisters, and two brothers Amir Mahrous and Hani Mahrous both sound engineers. Nasr was educated in a public school in Heliopolis.

He started at an early age in the world of music, working with his father who working in Cairo and surrounding villages with artists such as Mohamed Roshdy, Karem Mahmoud, Moharram Fouad and Mohamed Kandeel. Mr Mahrous has worked with female artists such as Nadia Mostafa, and Sabrine. He owns two recording studios (M-Sound 1 and M- Sound 2), which are run by his sons Amir Mahrous and Hani Mahrous.

He worked as a cassette distributor for the albums his father produced. His brother Amir Mahrous was working with him, they travelled from town to town and village to village all over Egypt distributing their Father's productions.

Father and son never stopped working together, they release albums produced by the father and labeled and distributed by FreeMusic.

FreeMusic Art Production[edit]

In the late 1980s, Nasr Mahrous began his own business after he discovered his passion for music and his ability to make a special style of Arabic music.

FreeMusic Egypt

He founded his record company by the name of FreeMusic Art Production.

Amin Sami was the first singer discovered by Nasr, he signed with the company and released three successful albums.

Nasr rediscovered artists, wiped off the dust on some, polished the vocals of others and refreshed their talents, and helped them successfully go back to the top of the charts in new styles and looks.

He started with Samir Sroor who was in the 1970s one of the best saxophone players in the Arab world, he was a member of Al- Maseyah Band with the late singer Abdel Halim Hafez. Sroor stopped playing music for a time after the death of Abdel Halim Hafez in the late 1970s. Nasr Mahrous being a fan of Abdel Halim Hafez's art, he got in contact with Sroor and together they released five instrumental albums under the name (Ashek El-Sax) meaning Saxophone Lover. The albums includes instrumental pieces from Abdel Halim Hafez's most famous tracks.Khaled Agag is another example of a great masculine voice, but not great luck with record companies, until he met Nasr Mahrou. He released four successful albums with a few huge hits and a couple of video clips directed by Nasr Mahrous.

Mohammed Fouad was already a well known singer, but as he was working on his debut film Ismaeleya Rayeh Gaay he met Nasr Mahrous who was producing its soundtrack album Kamannana and that was the first album signed between them. Both film and soundtrack were a success, so the artist and the producer released another album Elhob Elhaee'ee with a video clip of the song Elhob Elhaee'ee meaning "The True Love". It was filmed in a school (Collège de la Salle) with hundreds of youngsters singing about the true love of family members.

Mohamed Mohie was a young artist who released a couple of albums but was looking for a good production company to enhance his talent, so he joined the team of FreeMusic, and released two albums of which Nasr Mahrous directed three video clips of the hit songs.

In the 1980s, Nasr Mahrous was a fan of Mohamed Mouir who was a well known pop artist, but stayed quite far away from the music world for a long time. He signed under the label of FreeMusic in 2000 and released his first album (Fi Eshk Elbanat – In the love of girls), which was a success, and they both decided to go for another album (Albi Masaken shaabeya – My Heart is suburbs) and filmed the video clip of So, Ya So.

The Star Maker[edit]

The Star Maker Nasr Mahrous صانع النجوم نصر محروس

Nasr Mahrous managed to make out of his name a trademark as a Star Maker, and his name now is always coupled with star making.

In the late 1990s, Nasr Mahrous started a series of compilations called Free Mix in which he released singles for each artist. In these compilations Nasr Mahrous discovered his own voice and sang two songs under a southern Egyptian nickname Hareedi, singing in a southern Egyptian accent.

Bahaa, Sultan was another talent, Nasr loved his voice and it was he who named him "Sultan", in the Arabic music world it means a Leader in singing. The single (Ehlef – Swear) was released in the first Free Mix compilation and was followed with a debut album in 1999 (Yalli Mashi – You who're Leaving) and another one in 2001 (Talat Da'aye'e – Three Minutes) and then (Oum Ou'af wenta betkalemni – Stand up when you talk to me), which became a funny slogan in the Arabic world. The latest album was (Kan Zaman – Once Upon a time) it included his hit single (Elwad Albo beyewga'oo – The Lad's heart aches).

In early 2002 Nasr Mahrous challenged the world with two of the most famous voices in the Arab World. He released his 3rd Free Mix album, but this time it had just two artists, the cassette's side A had Sherine and her hit (Ah Ya Leil- O Night) while Side B had Tamer Hosny with his (Habibi we Enta Ba'eed – Baby When You're Away). The two songs were released at the same time as video clips and were on top of the charts as soon as they were released.

Sherine the short haired girl next door reached stardom after releasing two of her most successful albums (Garh Tani – Another wound) and (Lazem A'eesh – I must Live). Nasr Mahrous also directed six other video clips. She was showered with offers from other music production companies so she broke the contract with Nasr Mahrous to change to another company in 2006.

The romantic young singer Tamer Hosni, released five albums (Hob – Love), (Enaya Bethebak- My Eyes love you), (ELganna Fi Beyotna – Paradis is in Our Houses), (Ya Bent El Eh- What a girl You are) and finally (Arrab Kaman- Get closer) – which was the soundtrack of Nasr Mahrous' debut film in directing Captain Hima starring Tamer Hosni in 2008. Tamer broke off the contract to go to another company that would give him the freedom to make his own style of music.

Nasr Mahrous released the first album made especially for youngsters under the name Free Baby; it included eight songs, four of them which were sung by a group of youngsters from the conservatoire of Cairo. The music video for the song (Baba Fen – Where's your Dad?) was directed by Nasr Mahrous. Nasr Mahrous was invited by many Arab TV shows to talk about the phenomenon of (Baba Fen?) and group of youngsters "Free Baby".

Hareedi came out again in the album to sing two songs (Heb Baba, Heb Mama -Love your Dad, love your Mom), which its video was directed and acted by Nasr Mahrous at the same time, the other song was (Old Hareedi), which was inspired by the international folklore song (Old McDonald's).

Free mix 4 was released in 2004 to test the waters of a couple new young singers. Souma is a female artist with an extraordinary voice, she sings in Opera Aida and took her first chance to become a pop artist through a duet song with Bahaa Sultan (Elli Fe Eini- what's in my eyes). She released her debut album in 2006 (Eib Alek – Shame on you).

Nasr Mahrous signed with Haitham Shaker a young man with a romantic voice, the company released for him (Garh El-nas – Hurting others).

In early 2010, Nasr Mahrous had a health collapse and was rushed to the hospital for emergency colostomy surgery, while lying in the hospital, he released the debut album of his new Star DIAB titled Elaaw, meaning "Boo", and about three months later, Nasr Mahrous headed to the hospital for a colostomy reversal surgery, and he did it aggain and while he was in the hospital he released another album for his star Souma titled Dah Habibi meaning "That's my Lover".

Nasr Mahrous decided to set back and monitor the musical production in the Arabic World during the events of the Egyptian Revolution between 2011 and 2014, and he only released four patriotic songs where he introduced three new artists, Nabil, Touba and Nagham.

Late 2015, Nasr Mahrous resumed his production work where he released couple of singles and video clips of his new artists Touba and Nabil. and early 2016 he released the album of his established star Souma titled Nadmana.

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Category Award
1999 Best Video clip The Fifth Radio & Television Cairo festival
2004 Best Egyptian video director for the video clip of “Damet limeen – Muḥammad Rushdi” Video Clip Oscar - Egypt
2005 Honor and appreciation Misr University for science & technology
2005 Best Star Maker Nile TV

Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU).

2007 Honor and appreciation City Academy
2010 A Certificate for Lifetime achievements Nogoum FM Music Award – Egypt
2010 Honor and appreciation Charisma International Lounge
2012 Honor and appreciation Middle East Music Award (MEMA)
2013 Best Musician Middle East Music Award (MEMA)

The TV Channel (Free TV)[edit]

FreeTV Channel

Nasr Mahrous introduced to the WORLD via Nile Sat his Musical TV channel (FreeTV Egypt) in the Summer of 2015. Its main objective was to be the window to the Western & Liberal Arabic world combining different cultures through the language of entertainment, and to be a showcase of modern and classic Arabic & International Music blended together.

And today Free TV is rated on the top of the Musical channels in the Arab world, for providing a unique, outstanding and quality content of clips and programs, and creating awareness about new talents, songs and albums from all over the world in general, and the Arab world in particular.

The lyricist[edit]

Nasr Mahrous is a registered Lyricist and a Publisher member at the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique known as (SACEM) which is a French professional association that protects artists’ rights and distributing the rights to the original songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

The Director[edit]

Artist Video Clip
Nabil 'Amil Eih
Souma Nadmana

Hatrooh

Touba Wahashouni
Nabil and Touba Mennak li-llah
DIAB Hob Darwishni

Ghammazat

El 'Awoo

Ash-Shahn Fasal

Kolo Eido Fo’

Mohamed Fouad El-hob Elhaee'ee
Khaled Agag Ta'alali

Wahdani

Lamouni

Khaled Agag & Mohamed Mounir Leh Ya Donia
Mohamed Mohie Leh Beyfakarouni
Mohamed Mounir Ana Ba'sha Elbahr

So Ya So

Bahaa Sultan Ya Tara

Oum Ou'af wenta betkalemni

Elli Fe Eini ("'Duet with Soma'")

Elwad Albo Be'yoga'o

Kan Zaman

Sherine Ah Ya Liel

Sabri Aleel

Garh Tani

Ma Betfrahsh

Lazem A'eesh

Ma Feesh Marra

Tamer Hosny Habibi we Enta Ba'eed

Arrab Habibi

Hodn Elghareeb

Enaya Bethebak

Heya Di

Mohamed Mohie Leh Beyfakarooni

Dayman Ala Bali

Aader we Te'melha

Hareedi (Nasr Mahrous) Hibb Baba
Free Baby Baba Fen
Hasan Al-Asmar Motshakereen
Mohamed Roshdy Damet Lemeen

Atr Elhaya

Stars made their way through FreeMusic[edit]

Movie[edit]

Folkloric songs[edit]

Nasr Mahrous has produced the following two songs:

  • 2002 Free Baby
  • Esk Barara (Egyptian Folklore) Free Baby
  • El Weld Haridy (international folklore – Old McDonald's) Nasr Mahrous/Hareedi


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