|Birth name||Amr Abdel Basset Abdel Azeez Diab|
|Born||11 October 1961|
|Origin||Port Said, Egypt|
|Genres||Arab pop, dance, folk dance, Latin pop|
Amr Abdul-Basset Abdul-Azeez Diab (Arabic: عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب; born 11 October 1961) is an Egyptian singer and composer of geel music; he is the contemporary face of Egyptian el-geel pop music, according to World Music. Diab is the best-selling Arab recording artist of all time, according to Amr Diab Official website. He was awarded the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist three times: 1998 for album "Nour El Ain", 2002 for album "Aktrr Wahed Byhbak 2001" and 2007 for album "El Lillady". Amr Diab also won The African Music Awards 2009, Big Apple Music Awards; Life Achievements Awards: Best Singer of The Year in 2009, and Best Male Act in African Music Awards 2010.
Amr Diab is one of the top singers in the Arab world and considered a living legend by many of his fans in the Arab world. He is known as the Father of Mediterranean Music. He has created his own style which is often termed "Mediterranean Music" or "Mediterranean Sound", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.
In The Mediterranean in Music, David Cooper and Kevin Dawe referred to his music as "the new breed of Mediterranean music". According to author Michael Frishkopf, Amr Diab has produced a new concept of Mediterranean music, especially in his international hit, "Nour El Ain".
In his analysis of The Very Best of Amr Diab album, Victor W. Valdivia of Allmusic said: "His music melded traditional Arabic sounds and textures with Western rhythms and instruments. The mesh was dubbed Mediterranean music, and The Very Best of Amr Diab displays Diab's superb skill in creating it."
Amr Diab is considered the biggest Egyptian pop star ever and according to the BBC, Diab "has ruled the Arab music world, especially Egypt and the Middle East, since the mid '80s, continually breaking sales records".
Musical career 
In 1983, Diab released his first studio album, Ya Tareeq. Diab released three more albums between 1984 and 1987. 1988's "Mayaal" garnered huge success all around the Middle East. It was produced, arranged and remixed by German musicians, Frank Von Dem Bottlenberg, Ziyad Abou Chair and Jörg Evers, with several releases. More success followed in the following years including the albums Shawakkna, Matkhafesh, and We Yloumouni.
Amr Diab quickly developed fame for his new style of "Pan-Mediterranean" Arabic music, fusing touches of flamenco and raï with western pop with traditional Arabic rhythms. B1992, he became the first Arabic artist to start making high-tech music videos.
"Habibi" from Diab's 1996 album Nour El Ain became a hit worldwide and was remixed by many of the world's top DJs at the time. A special CD named Habibi: The Remix Album was released later with all of these remixes. Since then, Diab has remained at the top of the Arabic music scene, expanding reach to all parts of the Mediterranean with his 1999 release, Amarain, that featured duets with Algeria's king of rai Khaled in a song called "Qalbi" and Greece's Angela Dimitriou in "Ana Bahibak Aktar" and "Eleos". "Tamally Maak" from Diab's 2000 album became a huge success. Leily Nahari, Diab's first album with Rotana Records, was released in 2004. His album El Leila De was released in the summer of 2007 and topped the Arabic music charts for 22 weeks. Diab received a World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist for the album. In 2008, Diab renewed his contract with Rotana for five more years. In 2009, Diab released a new album Wayah.
Influences and contributions 
Diab revolutionized Egyptian show business in several respects, and some of his biographers have referred to him as rebellious, because he challenged everything in Middle Eastern show business, from hairstyle and appearance to music style, presentation, and the financial scale of his projects.
Diab’s blending of Western rhythms with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music styles created a new music style, referred to as Mediterranean music. His song “Tamalli Ma’ak”/“Always With You,” where he introduced classical guitar, is a good example of the genre.
The world's perspective 
Diab is one of the most popular and acclaimed Arab pop singers of the modern age. In 1997 he won three awards at the Annual Arabic Festival: one for Best Video, for Best Song, and for Best Artist of the Year. The following year Diab received a Triple Platinum Award for the sales of Nour El Ain and received a World Music Award in Monaco.
Nour El Ain 
In 1996, Nour El Ain (Light of The Eye – Sight) was released, becoming a tremendous success not only in the Middle East but throughout the entire world. The song was composed by Nasser el-Mizdawi, lyrics were written by Ahmed Sheta and it was arranged by Hameed Elshaery. The title track, and its English version "Habibi", was an international phenomenon, becoming a massive crossover hit in countries such as Pakistan, India (performed by Nachiketa in Bengali keeping the tune and composition and replacing the lyrics with his own), Afghanistan, Sri Lanka (performed by Sangeeth Wickremasinghe) and Malaysia (Malay version sung by Datuk Sharifah Aini). The song was remade with Malayalam lyrics the movie Chandralekha. In a style reminiscent of the Aldo (musician) Franco-Arabic style, the song was remixed by several top 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 the field of Egyptian song and set a new standard for his contemporaries to aspire to. This album sold 3 million copies.
In 1997, Amr Diab won three awards at the Annual Arabic Festival (for Best Video, Best Song and Artist of the Year). In the following year, he received a Triple Platinum Award for the sales of Nour El Ain and received a World Music Award in Monaco on 6 May 1998, under the patronage of H.S.H. Albert II, Prince of Monaco. This award was the first of its kind for an Egyptian artist, emphasizing that his appeal is not confined to the Middle East, unlike the majority of his contemporaries.
His follow-up studio album titled Awedoni (They made me used to...) was released in July 1998 and, as with Nour El Ain, it was produced with Hamid El Shaery and recorded in Cairo, Egypt. The first video from the album, the title track "Awedooni", was shot by the Nile in Egypt and directed by Tareq Al Aryan. Like its predecessor, this album was a huge success for Amr and reinforced his popularity in the Arab world and abroad.
Diab released his July 1999 new studio album Amarain (two moons), which is hailed as the best work of his career. Amr is working on eagerly anticipated duets with the France-based international Rai superstar, Khaled of "Didi" fame, and with the Greek singer, Angela Dimitrou, whose crossover smash "Marguerites" was a huge hit across the Middle East in 1998. The title track "Amarain" was the first video to be broadcast.
Tamally Ma'ak 
In July 2000, Diab revolutionized Arab music when he issued Tamally Ma'ak (I'm Always With You). The song was composed by Sherif Tag, a modern Egyptian composer. He introduced the Spanish guitar in "Tamally Ma'ak" and in other songs. The clip of this song was made in the Czech Republic with much success. The album contained songs like "El Allem Alla" (Only God Knows), "Ba'terf" (I Confess) which were composed by Amr Mostafa, the best Middle Eastern composer, "Sa'ban Alaea" (It Makes Me Feel Sorry) and "We Heya Amla Eih" (And How Is She?). The song "Tamally Ma'ak" was copied in the hit Bollywood song "Kaho Na Kaho" from the film Murder and also "I'm Calling U" by the group Outlandish.
Aktar Wahed 
Aktar Wahed was released on 1 August 2001. The album's name Aktar Wahed is short for one of the songs, "Aktar Wahed Beyhebbak" (One loves you the most). It contains 10 tracks and received the World Music Award for the best-selling album in the Middle East for 2001.
Allem Albi 
In February 2003, Diab released Allem Alby (Teach My Heart). The album's release date was arranged to be with the debut broadcast of Alam El Phan's (Allem Alby's production company, owned by Mohsen Gaber) music channel Mazzika.
The album was a great success, with the release of the video "Ana Ayesh" (I'm Alive) which was directed by Stuart Gosling. The video was intensely broadcast on Mazzika. The album contains other songs, like the R&B-influenced hit, "Allem Albi". Others that tend to be more distinctively Arabic-sounding are songs like "Kolohom" (All of Them), "Law Ash'any" (If You Adore Me), and "Alli El Wadaa'" (Goodbye To Me).
Leily Nahary 
In late summer 2004, Diab's first album with Rotana was released: Leily Nahary (My Nights, My Days). The album's cover was from the promotional photo shoot of Pepsi. The video "Leily Nahari" directed by Cameron Casey provided aid to give Diab his space in the record-exclusive music channels. It was criticized because of its similarity to his previously unreleased video for "El Alem Allah" from the album Tamally Ma'ak.
Kammel Kalamak 
Diab's album Kammel Kalamak, released on 14 December 2005, was the follow-up to Leily Nahary. The love ballad "We Malo" was released as the single of the album, Kammel Kalamak. The music video was shot in London and was released on a late notice after the release of the album. Rumors surfaced in late 2005 and early 2006 stated that Amr is considering terminating his contract with Rotana due to the poor promotion of Kammel Kalamak.
El Lilady 
The album El Lilady (or El Leila De) was originally set to be released after Ramadan 2006. However, it was pushed back several times due to Diab's repeated changes in the musical producers he was dealing with. Diab attributes the changes to the producer's lack of new and strong styles. In early 2006, music arranger Fahd was supposed to work on this album; however, later that year Tarek Madkour joined Amr Diab, and they started together to work on it. On 25 March 2007, Madkour's official website announced that Amr Diab and Madkour had decided jointly to skip the collaboration on the album due to the lack of time and conflicting working schedules. Fahd and new producer Hasan Al Shafei are elected to produce the music in the album, which was supposed to hit the markets in July 2007. The title of the album was changed from Khaleek Ma'aya to El Leila De. After the release Amr, shot a new Pepsi advertisement in Europe. On 21 June 2007, two of the biggest sites (AmrDiabWorld.com and AmrDiab.info) for Amr Diab announced that El Lilady would hit the market on 7 July 2007. The album would contain 10 tracks; Al Shafei and Fahd shared the production: Al Shaei with seven songs and Fahd with three. Before releasing his album, Diab traveled to Portugal to shoot the new Pepsi ad, choosing "Inta El Ghaly" song from El Leila De as the ad. Amr then traveled to the USA to film the music video for his upcoming album.
The album master copy was given to Rotana, Amr Diab's CD production company, on the last week of June to meet the 7 July 2007 release date he had planned. Rotana, however, delayed the release of the new CD for a couple of days for unknown reasons. The album had been leaked. The album was officially released on 11 July 2007. The album has already become a huge hit in Egypt and all over the Middle East. The video clip has been slated for a 27 July release. The song that Diab chose to film was "N'eoul Eih", which is in the new style of House Music mixed with oriental Arabic music. The video clip was filmed in Santa Monica and Malibu, and also near Hollywood.
On 30 October 2007, the management of the World Music Awards announced that Amr Diab was to receive an award for best selling artist in the Middle East for this album. Amr Diab received the award in the festival that was held in Monaco, Monte Carlo, on 4 November 2007.
Wayah (2009) 
The world music award of for the best-selling album in the Middle East 2009, 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 has been nominated by the Big Apple Music Awards.
Aslaha Betefre' (2010) 
Amr Diab released a mini-album for the first time in his career history, produced by Rotana, in July 2010. The mini album contains one song with the arrangements (original song, club mix, and karaoke).
Banadeek Ta'ala (2011) 
In May 2011, it was announced that Amr Diab's new album (at the time titled Heya Hayati) was slated for an Eid Al Fitr release. Due to the unstable political situation in Egypt, the album was pushed back and delayed until further notice. In late August 2011, Amr Diab's official website announced the new album's final title, Banadeek Ta'ala, and Rotana slated the album for a 28 September release. The album contains 12 songs that include "Banadeek Ta'ala," "Heya Hayaty," "Aloomak Leh," "Aref Habibi," "Maly Enaya," "Yaret Sennek," and "Tagreba o Addet." The album was arranged by Adel Hakki and was produced by Rotana . he sold 650000 copies only.
Music videos 
Diab is one of the first singers to popularise music videos in the Arab world and the first Egyptian singer to appear in music videos. With the exception of his very early releases, his albums have had at least one song shot as a music video. Diab has collaborated with a variety of music video directors in the Middle East, including Tarek El-Erian and Sherif Sabri.
The most anticipated video clip of 2007, "N'eoul Eih", was released on 14 August that year on Rotana TV. It was broadcast minutes later on Egyptian television on El Beit Betak. The video was a great success.
6 August 2009 witnessed the release of Amr Diab's latest video clip for his smash hit "Wayah". Working alongside Cameron Casey and [Leily Nahari] for a second time, Amr Diab presented a fresh video clip which was filmed mostly on Green Screen and in Diab's personal villa in Cairo, Egypt. The biggest surprise was the appearance of Diab's children alongside his niece, who represented the younger generation of children who are inspired by the music of Amr Diab.
Diab also filmed "Ba2dem Alby" which was released on Valentine's Day.
El Helm/The Dream 
The Dream or El Helm is a biographical TV production produced by Amr Afefy that gives viewers the story of Amr Diab's life. The show consists of 12 episodes and began airing on 24 December 2008. El Helm is narrated by actor Ezzat Abou Ouf and includes interviews with Diab and people he worked with throughout the span of his career. The show, which aired on Rotana TV, saw great success and was preceded by one of the biggest advertising campaigns in the history of Middle Eastern music.
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, UCLA, 6, 8 and 10 April. 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.
Egyptian Revolution 
During the 2011 uprising, some protesters criticized Diab for staying silent, and for fleeing Egypt for London. However, a few days after former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Amr Diab composed and sang a memorial song, "Masr A'let" (Egypt Said Its Word), and released it in conjunction with a music video showing pictures of the martyrs who died in the uprising. He also initiated a charity campaign "Masry Begad" ("Real 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 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 has taken part in an internationally known Pepsi commercial featuring four other pop musicians: Beyoncé Knowles, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, and Britney Spears. In the US version, Enrique Iglesias takes the role of Caesar. But in the pan Arab version, the three American singers were retained but the male figure was replaced with Diab. This was not the first Pepsi commercial Diab has done; he also filmed commercials featuring his songs "Ana Aktar Wahed" (I'm the most), "Allem Alby" (teach my heart) and "Khad Alby Ma'aa" (She took my heart with her). Diab also appeared in a commercial alongside Jennifer Lopez, singing The Troggs hit "Wild Thing". In 2009 Pepsi decided not to renew his contract. In 2010 he was the star of "Hayat" bottled water campaign.
Local record labels 
Diab's earliest albums were released by Delta Sound. In 1996 Diab moved to Alam Al Phan where he released his greatest hits. In between 2003 and 2004, and after a long successful career with Alam El Phan, Diab officially announced the termination of his contract with Mohsen Gaber (owner of Alam El Phan) and move to the company that owned by Prince El Waleed Ebn Talal, Rotana Records and the owner of part of media huge muscel [Fox].he has sold over 10 million albums worldwide only and the best album for him sold 3 million copies only .
International record labels 
Over 18 international companies have produced studio albums, compilations and exclusive music for Amr Diab across the globe.
- Ariola - Germany
- Hot Records - Germany
- EMI Music - Greece
- EMI Music - Arabia
- EMI Music - Turkey
- EMI Music - Canada [Hemisphere]
- EMI Music - Europe
- EMI Music - International
- World Music Network - USA
- George V Records - France
- Putumayo World Music - USA
- Wagram Music - France
- Virgin - International
- Nascent - UK
- Milano 2000 - Italy
- Reverb Music - UK
- Toast Records - Italy
- Warner Bros. - France
Collaboration with international musicians 
Various international musicians have collaborated with Amr Diab:
- Stuart Crichton (The founder of Progressive House)
- Frank Von Dem Bottlenberg - Germany
- Jorg Evers - Germany
- Shazz (Didier Delesalle) - France
- Klubbheads (Koen Groeneveld and Addy van der Zwan) - Dutch
- Phunk Phorce (Leon and Matthew Roberts) - UK
- Rhythm Masters (Robert Bruce Chetcuti and Steve McGuinness) - UK
- Pete Beachill - UK
- Simon Gardner - UK
- Andy Greenwood - UK
- Kevan Gallagher - UK
- Jon Bishop - UK
- Juan Cerro - Spain
- Angela Dimitriou - Greece
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)
Further reading 
- Mediterranean Mosaic by Goffredo Plastino
- Egypt by Virginia Maxwell, Mary Fitzpatrick, Siona Jenkins, Anthony Sattin
- World Music by Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham, Richard Trillo, Orla Duane, Vanessa Dowell
- Teens in Egypt by Barbara A. Somervill
- Syria & Lebanon by Terry Carter, Lara Dunston, Andrew Humphreys, Damien Simonis
- World Music by Richard Nidel
- The Mediterranean in Music by David Cooper, Kevin Dawe
- The Middle East by Library Information and Research Service
- Let's Go Egypt by Let's Go, Inc., Joey Shabot, Dave Newman, Elizabeth Ogburn, Charlotte Houghteling
- 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)
- 1992: Ice Cream Fi Gleam (أيس كريم في جليم - Ice Cream In Gleam)
- 1993: Ya Omrena (يا عمرنا - Our Life)
- 1994: W Ylomoony (و يلوموني - And They Blame Me
- 1994: Zekrayat (ذكريات - Memories)
- 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)
- 2003: Allem Alby (علم قلبي - Teach My Heart)
- 2004: Leily Nahary (ليلي نهاري - My Night, My Day)
- 2005: Kammel Kalamak (كمّل كلامك - Keep Talking)
- 2007: El Leila De (الليلا دي - This Night)
- 2009: Wayah (ويّاه - With Her)
- 2010: Aslaha Btefre' (اصلها بتفرق - Because She Makes A Difference)
- 2011: Banadeek Ta'ala (بناديك تعالى - I'm calling you come )
- 1984* Forsan Asia ( Asia Knights - 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 )
- 1999 The best of Amr diab ( أحلى ما غنى عمرو دياب )
- 2002 Rewind
- 2004 Amr Diab Greatest Hits (1986–1995)
- 2005 Amr Diab Greatest Hits (1996–2003)
- 2005 Mateftekrish ( Don't Even Think - ماتفتكريش )
- 2009 Henyet El Donya ( Tenderness of Life - حنية الدنيا )
(*/ unconfirmed Date)
Amr Diab holds many concerts in the Arab World and around the world. Every year, one of his main concerts is held by the Mediterranean at the exclusive Egyptian resort city, Marina El Alamein. In addition, he holds an annual spring concert (The Carnival) at the American University in Cairo. In 2011, he held six concerts in the USA and 1 concert in Toronto, Canada.
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- http://www.amrdiab.net/ - Official Website
- http://amrdiabworld.com/ - Official Online Store
- http://DiabFM.com/ - Official Online Radio