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Ebi Live in Montreal, Quebec, in 2007
Background information
Birth nameEbrahim Hamedi
Also known asEbi
Born (1949-06-19) 19 June 1949 (age 71)
Tehran, Iran
Genres Persian pop music
Years active1967–present
Labels Taraneh Records
Apolon Records
Caltex Records
Pars Video
Avang Records
Associated acts
Website Ebi Official Website

Ebrahim Hamedi (Persian : ابراهیم حامدی, also Romanized as "Ebrāhīm Hāmedī"; born 1949), better known by his stage name Ebi (Persian: ابی), is an Iranian singer. Ebi recently faced tremendous backlash from the Iranian community for performing in Saudi Arabia. [1]


Early life and career

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Ebi with Nematollah Aghasi

Born in Tehran, he is the eldest of six siblings. Inspired by the Beatles, he formed a beat group known as "the Rebels" with Shahram Shabpareh and Siavash Ghomayshi in the mid 60's. [2] [ dubious ] He was also a part of the "Sunboys" and "Black cats" bands, before embarking on a career as a solo singer. [3]

He left Iran to go on tour in the United States in 1977 prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. [4] [3]

Among other "politically charged" songs Tasmim (Decision) Ebi commented on the domestic politics of Iran re: the 2009 presidential election. [4]

In 2020, Ebi was one of the judges on the first season of TV reality show, Persia's got talent. [5]

He lives in Marbella, Spain, with his second wife, [3] and also spends time in Los Angeles. [4] Ebi has a stepson from his current wife. [3]


1974: 1st singer in Turkey festival with the song Shekar. [6]




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