Amr Diab

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Amr Diab
Birth nameAmr Abdel Baset Abdel Aziz Diab
عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب
Also known asEl Hadaba (The Plateau)
Born (1961-10-11) 11 October 1961 (age 60)
Port Said, Egypt
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, actor
  • Vocal
  • Guitar
  • Oud
  • Piano
Years active1983- present

Amr Abdel Baset Abdel Aziz Diab (Arabic: عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب, [ˈʕɑmɾe ʕæbdelˈbɑːsetˤ ʕæbdelʕæˈziːz deˈjæːb] ; born on 11 October 1961) is an Egyptian singer, composer, and actor. [2] He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist and author in most Mediterranean countries. [3] According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms. [4] By 1992, he became the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern artist to start making high-tech music videos. [4] His 2014 album Shoft El Ayam peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums Charts, making him the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern performer to accomplish such a feat. [5]


Amr Diab with his 7 World Music Awards Amr Diab With World Music Awards.jpg
Amr Diab with his 7 World Music Awards

Early life

Amr Diab was born on 11 October 1961 in Port Said [6] to a middle-class Muslim family originally from the Egyptian country side of Menia Elamh, Sharqia Governorate, Egypt. His father, Abd Elbaset Diab, worked for the Suez Canal Corporation and was the chairman of Marine Construction & Shipbuilding in Suez Canal. Diab's father played a huge role in igniting the early sparks of musical inspiration in the early stages of Diab's professional music career. At the age of six, Diab had his first shot at fame when he sang the Egyptian National Anthem Bilady, Bilady, Bilady at the annual 23 July Festival in Port Said in the presence of the late Gamal Abdel Nasser. As a result, he was rewarded with a guitar from the governor of Port Said, and began to become recognized nationally.[ citation needed ] Diab graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arabic Music from the Cairo Academy of Arts in 1986.

Music career

Diab has released his first album entitled Ya Tareeq in 1983. Diab's second album, Ghanny Men Albak (1984), which was the first of a series of records he released with Delta Sound; including Hala Hala (1986), Khalseen (1987), and Mayyal (1988), with the title track becoming one of the top 10 songs in the world at the time. His later releases include Shawa'na (1989), Matkhafesh (1990), Habibi (1991), Ayyamna (1992), Ya Omrena (1993), Weylomony (1994), and Rag'een (1995). In 1996, Diab released his first album with Alam El Phan entitled Nour El Ain ,and he won the world music award for the first time which proved an international success and gained Diab recognition beyond the Arabic-speaking world. Diab recorded four more albums with Alam El Phan, including Amarain (1999). Diab also collaborated with Khaled (on the song "Alby") and with Angela Dimitriou (on the song "Bahebak Aktar").

In the summer of 2004, Diab, having left Alam El Phan, released his first album with Rotana Records, Leily Nehary, which he followed up with the hugely successful Kammel Kalamak (2005), and El Lilady (2007).

Wayah was released for sale on the internet on 27 June 2009; 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. [7]

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. [8]

In February 2011, Amr Diab released his hit single Masr Allet ("Egypt spoke"), followed by the release of his album Banadeek Taala in September, produced by Rotana. In 2012, Diab hosted the first Google Hangout in the Middle East during his performance in Dubai. In 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 on iTunes. In July 2015, Amr Diab released a music video for his song "Gamalo" from his album Shoft El Ayam. In March 2016, he released Ahla w Ahla, his first album since he left Rotana Music. The album was produced by a record label known as "Nay For Media". His new album Maadi el Nas was released in July 2017 with "Nay Records". [9]

In October 2018, he released a new album called Kol Hayaty. In 2019, he released a mini-album, Ana Gheir, and in February 2020 he released his 35th album, Sahran, which included 16 songs.

Musical style

Diab is known as the "father of Mediterranean music". [10] David Cooper and Kevin Dawe refer to his music as "the new breed of Mediterranean music". [11] According to author Michael Frishkopf, Diab has produced a new concept of Mediterranean music, especially with his international hit, "Nour El Ain". [4] Moreover, Diab is known as a composer, having composed more than 97 of his own songs.

Music videos

Diab is one of the first singers to popularize music videos in the whole MENA region and is the first Egyptian singer to appear in music videos. [4] [ dead link ]

Film career

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". [12] 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.

Amr Diab in movies

Amr Diab's songs have been used in several films, including:

Egyptian Revolution

During the 2011 uprising, some protesters criticized Diab for staying silent, and for fleeing Egypt for London. [17] A few days after former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Amr Diab composed and sang a memorial song, "Masr A'let" (Egypt Said), [18] and released it in conjunction with a music video showing pictures of the martyrs who died in the uprising. He initiated a charity campaign "Masry Begad" ("Truly Egyptian"), a social national program aimed at serving and rebuilding Egyptian society.[ citation needed ] 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. [19]

Personal life

Diab has an elder daughter called Nour from his first marriage to Egyptian actress Shereen Reda. In 1994, he was married to Saudi businesswoman Zeina Ashour. They have three children: one son, Abdallah, and two daughters, Kinzy and Jana. In 2018, he went on to marry another Egyptian actress, Dina El Sherbiny, after his relationship with Ashour ended. [20] It is unknown whether they were separated or divorced. [21] However, Diab and El Sherbiny separated in late 2020. [22]


Main Studio Albums

YearOriginal TitleTranslationLabel
1983Ya TareeqOh RoadSawt Al Madina
1984Ghanni Min AlbakSing From Your HeartDelta Sound
1986Hala HalaWelcome WelcomeDelta Sound
1987KhalseenWe're DoneDelta Sound
1989Shawa'naWe Missed Each OtherDelta Sound
1988MayalLeaningDelta Sound
1990MatkhafeshDon't Be AfraidDelta Sound
1991HabibiBabyDelta Sound
1992AyamnaOur DaysDelta Sound
1996Nour El AinLight of the Eye Alam El Phan
1998AwedounyMake Me Get Used to ItDelta Sound
1999AmarainTwo Moons Alam El Phan
2000Tamally MaakAlways With You Alam El Phan
2001Aktar WahedThe One Who Loves You Most Alam El Phan
2003Allem AlbyTeach My Heart Alam El Phan
2004Lealy NaharyNight and Day Rotana
2005Kammel KalamakKeep Talking Rotana
2007El LiladyTonight Rotana
2009WayahWith Her Rotana
2011Banadeek TaalaCome I'm Calling You Rotana
2013Al LeilaThis Night Rotana
2014Shoft El AyamDid You See the Days Rotana
2016Min Asmaa Allah Al HasnaIn the Names of GodNay For Media
2016Ahla W AhlaPrettier and PrettierNay For Media
2017Meaddy El NasContageous to PeopleNay For Media
2018Kol HayatyAll My LifeNay For Media
2019Ana GheirI've ChangedNay For Media
2020SahranUp All NightNay For Media
2021Ya Ana Ya LaEither Me or No OneNay For Media


Songs that have been translated


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. [23] Amr Diab is the only Middle Eastern artist to have received 7 World Music Awards. [24] Five of his albums reached the top 10 of Billboard's World Albums chart, with Shoft El Ayam reaching No. 1 in 2014, the first for an Arabic performer. [25] Alongside that accomplishment, two of his albums (2014's Shoft El Ayam and 2016's Ahla W Ahla) both peaked at 29 and 14 respectively on Billboard's Heatseekers charts. [26]

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. 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.

On 28 September 2016, Diab announced that he achieved a Guinness World Records title for "Most World Music Awards for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist". [27]

Amr Diab with Guinness Record .jpg

List of awards received by Amr Diab

Program "Al-helm"

A program produced by Amr Afifi, consisting of 12 parts, dealing with the biography of Amr Diab, his artistic career, and the most important awards he won over 25 years. It was shown on Rotana Music, Rotana Cinema and Egyptian Channel 1 station. The program was scheduled to be launched simultaneously with the release of Amr Diab's new album, but the album's release was postponed to a later date. The program also includes the testimony of many great musicians such as: Ammar Al-Sharei, Helmy Bakr, Al-Alamy, Wajdi Al-Hakim, and Tariq Al-Shennawi.

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