Amr Abd El-Basset Abd El-Azeez Diab (Arabic: عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب born 11 October 1961)
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 the canal. Diab’s father played a huge role in igniting the early sparks of musical inspiration towards Diab’s early stages in his 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. 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.
Diab released his first album entitled Ya Tareeq in 1983. Diab’s second album, Ghanny Men Albak (1984), was the first of a series of records he released with Delta Sound, including Hala Hala (1986), Khalseen (1987), Mayyal (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) on which he collaborated with Khaled (on the song “Alby”) and with Angela Dimitriou (on the song “Bahebbak 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 records.
In December 2016, the organizers of Amr Diab christmas concert in Cairo announced veiled women are banned from attending the show because alcohol is served.
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 is an active fitness enthusiast. Diab is well known for his intense body building. Diab was married to Shereen Reda, from 1989–1992, ending in a divorce. They have one daughter, Nour, who became known through the song, “Habibi Ya Nour El Ain.” Diab is currently married to Zeina Ashour, with whom he has three children: Abdallah, Kenzy, and Jana.
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
|“Ya Tareeq”||1983||Sout Al Madina|
|“Ghanny Mn Albak”||1985||Delta Sound|
|“Hala Hala”||1986||Delta Sound|
|“Ice Creem Fi Gleem”||1991||Delta Sound|
|“Ya Omrina”||1993||Delta Sound|
|“Nour El Ain”||1996||Alam El Phan|
|“Amarain”||1999||Alam El Phan|
|“Tamally Ma’ak”||2000||Alam El Phan|
|“Aktar Wahed”||2001||Alam El Phan|
|“Allem Alby”||2003||Alam El Phan|
|“Shoft El Ayam”||2014||Rotana|
|“Ahla W Ahla”||2016||Nay|
Ahla Wa Ahla (2016)
It is the newest album of Amr in 2016 after leaving Rotana
This album is produced by NAY company
The album consists of 12 songs.
Diab is one of the first singers to popularize music videos in the Arab world and the first Egyptian singer to appear in music videos.[dead link]
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.
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.
Amr Diab in movies
Amr Diab’s songs have appeared in several films, including:
- “Wala Ala Baloh” in Divine Intervention (2002)
- “Awedouni” in The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
- “El Alem Alah” and “Nour El Ain” in O Clone (2001)
- “Nafs El Makan” in Double Whammy (2001)
- “Tamally Ma’ak” and “Nour El Ain” in the French movie, Coco (2009)
- “Nour El Ain” in Malcolm in the Middle TV series (Season 4, Episode 4, Episode name: Stupid Girl), released on 9 January 2000 (USA)
- “Wala Ala Baloh” in The Dictator (2012)
List of awards received by Amr Diab
WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
|2016||Al Qahira “Cairo||African Video of the Year||Nominated|||
|Best North African Video||Nominated|||
|Best African Male Video||Nominated|||
- 1983: Ya Tareeq (يا طريق – O Road)
- 1985: Ghanny Men Albak (غنّي من قلبك – Sing From Your Heart)
- 1986: Hala Hala (هلا هلا – Welcome, Welcome)
- 1987: Khalseen (خالصين – We’re Even)
- 1988: Mayyal (ميّال – In Love)
- 1989: Shawaana (شوقنا – Missing You)
- 1990: Matkhafeesh (متخافيش – Don’t Worry)
- 1991: Habiby (حبيبي – My Love)
- 1992: Ayamna (أيامنا – Our Days)
- 1993: Ya Omrena (يا عمرنا – Our Life)
- 1994: W Ylomoony (و يلوموني – And They Blame Me)
- 1995: Ragaeen (راجعين – We’ll Be Back)
- 1996: Nour El-Ain (نور العين – Light Of The Eye)
- 1998: Awedoony (عوّدوني – They Got Me Used To)
- 1999: Amarein (قمرين – Two Moons)
- 2000: Tamally Maak (تملي معاك – Always With You)
- 2001: Aktar Wahed (أكتر واحد – The Most One)
- 2002: Ice Cream Fi Gleam (أيس كريم في جليم – Ice Cream In Gleam)
- 2003: Allem Alby (علم قلبي – Teach My Heart)
- 2004: Leily Nahary (ليلي نهاري – My Night, My Day)
- 2005: Kammel Kalamak (كمّل كلامك – Keep Talking)
- 2006: Zekrayat (ذكريات – Memories)
- 2007: El Leila De (الليلا دي – This Night)
- 2009: Wayah (ويّاه – With Him)
- 2010: Aslaha Btefre’ (اصلها بتفرق – Because She Makes A Difference)
- 2011: Banadeek Ta’ala (بناديك تعالى – I’m calling you, come )
- 2013: El Leila (الليلة – Tonight)
- 2014: Shoft El Ayaam (شفت الأيام – Seen The Days)
- 2016: Ahla w Ahla (أحلي و أحلي – More & More Beautiful)
- 2016: Mn Asmaa Allah Al Hosna
- 1984: Forsan Asia ( Asia Horsemen – فرسان آسيا )
- 1986: Menin Ageeb Nas (Where Can I Get People – منين أجيب ناس ) – ( Yanabee’ El Nahr TV Series – مسلسل ينابيع النهار )
- 1986: Ya Helwa ( Sweetie – يا حلوة )
- 1987: Assef ( Sorry – آسف ) – ( Assef la yogad hal akhar TV Series – مسلسل آسف لا يوجد حل آخر )
- 2004: Amr Diab Greatest Hits (1986–1995)
- 2005: Amr Diab Greatest Hits (1996–2003)
- 2005: Mateftekrish ( Don’t Even Think – ماتفتكريش )
- 2016: Ahla Ma Ghanna Amr Diab 2004–2015 ( The best of Amr Diab 2004–2015 – أحلى ما غنى عمرو دياب
His common shortened name, Amr Diab, is pronounced in Egyptian Arabic as [ˈʕɑm.ɾedˈjæːb]