Nasr Mahrous

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Nasr Mahrous
Born (1969-01-07) 7 January 1969 (age 47)
Cairo, Egypt
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Occupation Chairman of Free Music Art Production= Music Producer, Film producer, Director, Lyricist
Spouse(s) Androula Constantinidou
Children Victor, Peter, Antonius

Nasr Mahrous Abdel Masih Tanious (born 7 January 1969) is an Egyptian music producer, best known for his Free Music art production company.

He produces musical albums by involving himself in the compositions, lyrics, arrangement and sits by the sound engineer giving his opinion.

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 Free Music.

Record business[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.

He founded his record company by the name of Free Music-Nasr Mahrous Star Maker.

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 Free Music, 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 Free Music 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]

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).

Diab has a powerful voice, and had one song in the compilation (Ghamazat – Dimples). It was a major hit.

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 he was lying in the hospital, his debut album Elaaw, meaning "Boo", was released.

About three months later, Nasr Mahrous headed to the hospital for a colostomy reversal surgery. While he was in the hospital, his second album Dah Habibi, meaning "That's my Lover", was released.

The lyricist[edit]

42 hits have been written by Nasr Mahrous:

2010 Diab : El 'Awoo

  • El 'Awoo
  • Ya Naker Gamayli
  • Ghammazat
  • Ya Nassiny
  • Allah Ye'awad

2009 Shirene : Habit

  • Fakerny Eih

2009 Abdelfattah Greiny : 'Ayesh Hayato

  • Zai Ma Teheb

2008 Haitham Shaker : Gedid 3alaya

  • Gedid Aalaya
  • Gowa Hodnak
  • Garh El Nas

2008 Tamer Hosny : Arrab Kaman

  • Alby Elly Habbak
  • Rouh Alby

2007 Camilia : Makansh Hob

  • Sebtak

2007 Tamer Hosny : Ya Bent El Eih

  • Kol Sana Wenta Tayeb

2006 Souma : Aeib A'alik

  • Hatroh
  • Loun Aeneik

2006 Tamer Hosny : Aenaya Bethebbak

  • Aenaya Bethebbak

2006 Bahaa' Sultan : Kan Zaman

  • Khallik Faker
  • Kan Zaman
  • Wo Bena'es
  • El Wad Albo Beyewga'o
  • Ah Law Ashoufak

2005 Shirene : Lazem Aa'eesh

  • Lazem Aa'eesh
  • Elly Garehny
  • Aein Wo Nenny
  • Wo Bena'es Hayati Ma'ak (ft.Bahaa Sultan)
  • Enta Akher Wahed

2004 Tamer Hosny : Hob

  • Hob
  • Enta Haayati
  • Awseflak
  • Lessa Bahebbak
  • Mehtaglik Yamma

2004 Free Mix 4

  • Alby Ya Rabby "Bahaa Sultan"
  • Elly Fi Aeiny "Bahaa Sultan (ft. Souma)"
  • Khalas Ertaht "Donia"
  • Mesh Aadra Asadda' "Donia"
  • Balash Te'olly "Walid Saa'd"
  • Ghammazat "Diab"

2003 Shirene : Garh Tany

  • Betewhashny
  • Garh Tany

2003 Bahaa' Sultan : Ooum O'af

  • Ensa

2002 Free Mix 3

  • Sibny "Shirene"


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

Video Clip Director[edit]

Mohamed Fouad:

  • Elhob Elhaee'ee

Khalid Agag:

  • Ta'alali
  • Wahdani

Khalid 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


  • 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)

  • Hebb Baba

Free Baby

  • Baba Fen

Hasan Al-Asmar

  • Motshakereen

Mohamed Roshdy:

  • Damet Lemeen
  • Atr Elhaya


  • Hatrooh


  • Ghammazat
  • El 'Awoo

Albums Produced By Free Music[edit]

  • Amin Sami – 1
  • Amin Sami – 2
  • Amin Sami – 3
  • Ashek El-Sax – 1
  • Ashek El-Sax – 2
  • Ashek El-Sax – 3
  • Ashek El-Sax – 4
  • Ashek El-Sax – 5
  • Free Mix – 1
  • Free Mix – 2
  • Free Mix – 3
  • Free Mix – 4
  • Free Baby
  • Mohamed Fouad – Kamannana
  • Mohamed Fouad – Hayran
  • Mohamed Fouad – Elhob Elhaee'ee
  • Khalid Agag – As'ab Hobb
  • Khalid Agag – Wahashteni
  • Khalid Agag – Wala Dam'aa
  • Khalid Agag – Wahdani
  • Mohamed Mounir – Fi Eshk Elbanat
  • Mohamed Mounir – Albi Masaken shaabeya
  • Mohamed Mohie – Soura we Dam'aa
  • Mohamed Mohie – Aader we Te'melha
  • Bahaa Sultan – Yalli Mashi
  • Bahaa Sultan – Talat Da'aye'e
  • Bahaa Sultan – Oum Ou'af wenta betkalemni
  • Bahaa Sultan – Kan Zaman
  • Sherine – Garh Tani
  • Sherine – Lazem A'eesh
  • Tamer Hosny – Hob
  • Tamer Hosny – Enaya Bethebak
  • Tamer Hosny – Elganna Fi Beyotna
  • Tamer Hosny – Ya Bent El Eh
  • Tamer Hosny – Arrab Kaman
  • Souma – Eib Alek
  • Haitham Shaker – Gedid 'Alaya
  • Diab – El 'Awoo

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