Amr Diab (Egyptian Arabic: عمروْ دِياب; born October 11, 1961) is an Egyptian vocalist and writer. He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist and author in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms. By 1992, he became the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern artist to start making high-tech music videos.
عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب
|Birth name||Amr Abd Elbaset Abdelazez Diab|
|Also known as||El Hadaba الهضبة|
|Born||11 October 1961|
Port Said, Egypt
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Composer, Actor|
Amr Diab was born on 11 October 1961 in Port Said, Egypt, into an artistic family. His father, Abdul Basset 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. Diab, at the age of six, 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 recognised nationally. Diab graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arabic Music from the Cairo Academy of Arts in 1986. Amr Diab Is married to Zeina Ashour, who is from Saudi Arabia, and he has 4 children: the first one a daughter named Nour from his first marriage to the actress Shereen Reda, one son Abdallah, and two daughters Kinzy and Jana from marriage with Zeina Ashour.
Diab 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), Mayyal (1988), was one of the top 10 songs in the world at (1988), 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, which proved an international success and gained Diab recognition beyond the Arabic speaking world. Diab recorded four more albums on the Alam El Phan label including Amarain (1999) which Robert Christgau wrote about it "one of the best songs in the world", 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). September 2011 saw the release of his album Banadeek Taala, produced by Rotana. In February 2011, Amr Diab released his hit single "Masr Allet" (Egypt spoke). 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 in iTunes and Rotana. In July 2015, Amr Diab released the music video from his song "Gamalo" from his album "Shoft El Ayam."in March 2016 he released his last and current album "Ahla w ahla" which was produced for the first time by "Nay Records", after leaving Rotana Music.His new album "Maadi el Nas" was released in July 2017 with "Nay Records"
Wayah (With [Her]) was released for sale on the internet on 27 June; 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.
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. In October 2018 he released his new album called kol hayaty.
Diab is known as the father of Mediterranean Music. David Cooper and Kevin Dawe refer to his music as "the new breed of Mediterranean music". According to author Michael Frishkopf, Diab has produced a new concept of Mediterranean music, especially with his international hit, "Nour El Ain".
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". 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's songs have appeared in several films, including:
During the 2011 uprising, some protesters criticized Diab for staying silent, and for fleeing Egypt for London. A few days after former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Amr Diab composed and sang a memorial song, "Masr A'let" (Egypt Said), 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. 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.
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. Amr Diab is the only Middle Eastern artist to have received 7 World Music Awards.
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 September 28, 2016 Diab announced that he achieved a Guinness World Records title for Most World Music Awards for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, though the best selling Middle Eastern artist of all time is Fairuz who has sold over 150 million records worldwide. 
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref|
|2016||Al Qahira "Cairo||African Video of the Year||Nominated|||
|Best North African Video||Nominated|||
|Best African Male Video||Nominated|||
The 2007 World Music Awards (19th annual World Music Awards) was held November 4, 2007 in Monaco for the first time in several years. Awards were presented based on record sales rather than any vote. All proceeds from the evening were donated to the construction of a hospital in Darfur. The show was hosted by Julian McMahon. Performers included Nightwish, Akon, Amr Diab, Avril Lavigne, Cascada, Celine Dion, Ciara, Laura Pausini, Maná and Rihanna.Abdul Basit
Abdul Basit (Arabic: عبد الباسط) is a male Muslim given name. It is built from the Arabic words Abd, al- and Basit. The name means "servant of the Expander", Al-Bāsit being one of the names of God in the Qur'an, which give rise to the Muslim theophoric names.The letter a of the al- is unstressed, and can be transliterated by almost any vowel, often by u. So the first part can appear as Abdel, Abdul or Abd-al. The second part may appear as Basit, Basith, Basset, Bas or in other ways. The whole name is subject to variable spacing and hyphenation.
It may refer to
Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad (1927–1988), Egyptian Qari (reciter of the Qur-an)
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (1952–2012), Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing
Abdulbaset Sieda (born 1956), Kurdish-Syrian academic and politician
Amr Abdel Basset Abdel Azeez Diab, known as Amr Diab (born 1961), Egyptian singer
Abdul Basit Mahmoud Abdul Karim, possible original name of Ramzi Yousef (born 1967), Pakistani convicted for terrorism
Abdul Basith (volleyball) (died 1991), Indian volleyball player
Abdul Basit, Ghanaian footballer
Abdel Basset Turki, Iraqi politician
Hafiz Abdul Basit, Pakistani held in extrajudicial detentionAhmed Salah Hosny
Ahmed Salah Mohammed Hosny Hassan (born 11 July 1979) is a footballer from Egypt who played for VfB Stuttgart and the Egypt national football team. Recently, Hosny turned to art since he has worked with Amr Diab and Mohamed Hamaki in composing songs in their music albums, and most recently he has played a role (Fu'ad Hareedy) in the Egyptian series "Sharbat Looz" which has been premiered in the holy month of Ramadan (July 2012).Aktar Wahed
Aktar Wahed (Arabic : أكتر واحد ), is a studio album by Amr Diab, and was released in 2001. Following the huge success of the previous album Tamally Maak, it contains 10 tracks, as the head of the album was "Wala Ala Balo". 'Aktar Wahed was released on 1 August 2001. The album received the World Music Award for the best-selling album in the Middle East for 2001.Allem Alby
Allem Alby (Arabic : علم قلبي ), is a studio album by Amr Diab, and was released on 18 February 2003. Following the big success of the previous album Aktar Wahed, it contains 12 tracks, as the head of the album was Allem Alby.Amarain
Amarain (Arabic : قمرين ) (literally "Two Moons" in Arabic) also often Amarein is a 1999 album by Amr Diab that contains his international hit "Amarain" of the same name.
The album also contains two international cooperations of Diab, one with The Legendary King of Rai Khaled in "Albey" (in Arabic قلبي) and the second with Angela Dimitriou in the bilingual Arabic/Greek "Bahibak Aktar" (in Arabic بحبك أكتر)Amr Diab discography
The discography of Amr Diab, an Egyptian popular Arab pop, dance, folk dance and Latin pop singer, consists of 29 studio albums, was first discovered by the freat Emad bediwi when he was only 7, he has ten singles, and 40 music videos .Angela Dimitriou
Angela Dimitriou (Greek: Άντζελα Δημητρίου, Greek pronunciation: [ˌand͜zela ðimiˈtriu]; born Athens, Greece, August 18, 1954) is a Greek pop folk singer.
She is also famous in the Arab countries across the Middle East, with her song "Margarites" hitting the top of the charts in Lebanon, among other places. She made a song with the Egyptian singer Amr Diab called "Ana Bahebak Aktar." Both songs were produced by Minos-Emi Greece A&R manager Vangelis Yannopoulos through his connections with EMI Arabia. She also covered Marc Almond's song "Death's Diary", in Greek titled "Astrapes kai Vrontes" (Lightnings and Thunders). She is often criticized because of her low education and her comic manner of verbal expression. Angela Dimitriou's biggest hit and signature song is "Fotia Sta Savvatovrada" ("Fire on Saturday Nights") produced by Sony Music A&R manager Yannis Doulamis. Her CD single Ah Patrida Mou went gold. On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked Dimitriou the ninth top-certified female artist in the nation's phonographic era (since 1960).Awedony
Awedony (Arabic : عودوني ) also often Awedoony is a 1998 album by Amr Diab that contains his international hit "Awedony" of the same name.El Lilady
El Lilady (Arabic: الليلا دي), sometimes written El Leila De is an award winning studio album by Amr Diab. The album was awarded a World Music Award as the best selling album in the Middle East for the year 2008. After being delayed several times, the anticipated album was released on 11 July 2008. The album has been a great success, it topped the Middle Eastern charts for 19 weeks straight, and 22 weeks overall. The album has still been reaching #1 in Middle Eastern charts even 7 months after its release, and has not dropped off the Top 10 in Egyptian charts for over a year.Garam Masala (2005 film)
Garam Masala (English: Hot Spice) is a 2005 Indian comedy film directed by Priyadarshan featuring Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Rimi Sen, Neha Dhupia, Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav. It was released on Diwali of 2005. Akshay Kumar received the Best Actor award in a Comic Role award for his performance at the Filmfare Awards. It is a remake of Priyadarshan's own Malayalam movie Boeing Boeing and a famous hotel comedy sequence from his other Malayalam movie Aram + Aram = Kinnaram was reused in this movie. The plot of the film is also closely akin to the 1965 American film Boeing Boeing which was directed by John Rich.Kammel Kalamak
Kammel Kalamak (Arabic: كمل كلامك, English: Keep Talking) is a 2005 album by the superstar Amr Diab.Leily Nahary
Leily Nahary (in Arabic ليلي نهاري) (often varied as Leily Nhary, Leily Nehary) is Amr Diab's album released in the summer of 2004 after much anticipation. The album contains 10 tracks as listed below, with one music video for "Leily Nehary", which was directed by Cameron Casey. The album was 2004's biggest release in Egypt and many Arab countries, and marked the first album that Amr Diab recorded with Rotana since leaving Mohsen Gaber's Alam El Phan shortly before. The Album broke many records and became Rotana's highest selling album of all-time.Marwan Hamed
Marwan Hamed (Arabic: مروان حامد) (born 1977) is a young Egyptian film director. He is the son of author Wahid Hamed and journalist Zeinab Sweidan. His debut was a short film entitled Li Li followed by a major feature film entitled The Yacoubian Building based on a novel by Alaa Al Aswany and starring Adel Emam.
He has taken part in direction of the series Lahzat Harija and has filmed a music video for Amr Diab.
The Yacoubian Building was followed by Ibrahim Labyad starring Ahmed El-Sakka and Hend Sabry and was released in 2009. Then he released The Blue Elephant starring actor Karim Abdel Aziz and Khaled Al Sawy, and is based on Ahmed Mourad's novel of the same name. His last released film is The Originals starting Khaled el Sawy, Maged el Kedwany and Menna ShalbyNour El Ain
Nour El Ain (Egyptian Arabic: نور العين, IPA: [nuːɾ elˈʕeːn]; English: "Light of The Eye") is Egyptian singer Amr Diab's most successful album. It was released in 1996 and became a tremendous success not only in the Middle East but worldwide. The title track and its English version "Habibi", was an international phenomenon, becoming a crossover hit in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Argentina, Chile, France, and South Africa. The song was remixed by several European arrangers and has become a big pull on the dance floors of Europe. The video clip, also produced by Alam El Phan for the song "Nour El Ain", was one of the most lavish and expensive productions in Egyptian pop music at the time. "Nour El Ain" was at the time the best selling album ever released by a Middle Eatsern artist.
The album was recognized at the World Music Awards for the best-selling album in the Middle East for 1996.Tamally Maak
Tamally Maak, also often Tamally Ma'ak (in Arabic تملي معاك) is an international Egyptian Arabic language song by the Egyptian pop star Amr Diab in 2000 from his album of the same name.
"Tamally Maak", meaning "Always with you", is written by Ahmed Ali Moussa and the music for the song was composed by Sherif Tag. Original arrangement was by Tarek Madkour. The very popular video was filmed in Czech Republic and the instrumentation prominently included the classic guitar.Tamally Maak (album)
Tamally Maak (Arabic : تملي معاك ) also often also Tamally Ma'ak or Tamalli ma'ak is a 2000 album by Amr Diab that contains his international hit single of the same name.
The Album earned a huge success in the Middle east and the world, became one of the remarkable Arabic albums all the time.Tarek Madkour
Tarek Adel Madkour (Arabic: طارق عادل مدكور; born in Cairo, Egypt on May 22, 1967) is an Egyptian producer and musician.
At the age of sixteen, he created his first band with his friends, named "The Hummers", playing different genres including rock and pop in nightclubs and gigs, two years later, he played with the most famous Egyptian band at that time, "Les Petits chats", which brought out many talented musicians like "Hany Shenouda", "Ezzat Abo Ouf" and "Omar Khayrat". Madkour played on keyboard and he was the youngest member of the band.
Fat'hy Salama (the famous Egyptian producer), used to tutor Madkour in the area of music composing and producing. He gave Madkour the chance to work on a song for "Amr Diab" in 1984, entitled "Ya Leila", and then "Eish Hal", this was Amr Diab's first album and it was a hit.
In 1988, he traveled to USA to study more about western music.
Another big step in his life was in 1989 when he produced a song for the Egyptian super star "Mohamed Mounir" in a song written by "Abd Al Rahman Al Abanody" and composed by "Kamal Altaweel". It was a challenge to work with such big names in his early career.
Working with the most famous Arabic super stars like Amr Diab, Mohamed Mounir, Cheb Mami, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Mostafa Amar, Samira Said, Hisham Abbas, Nancy Ajram, and many others, Madkour's music has won several World Music Awards in addition to many local and regional achievements. He has also introduced new talents to the industry like Mohamed Hamaki. His work outside the Middle East includes collaboration with will.i.am and K'naan in World Cup 2010.Wayah
Wayah (Arabic: وياه, With My Love) is a 2009 album by Amr Diab. Wayah was released for sale in stores and on the internet on June 27, 2009; the album had been 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 and by July 3, 2009 Wayah had sold 3,2 million copies. The album contains 12 tracks as listed below.