Shocking everyone with his amazing voice and singing talent, he was rewarded with a guitar from the governor of Port Said for his excellence.
After being awarded the guitar, Diab saw this as his shot to fame, and continued his life singing and pleasing people with his voice through his teenage years. Diab had earned his bachelor’s degree in Arabic Music and graduated at the Cairo Academy of Arts in 1986.
Diab entered the musical arena and introduced his first album Ya Tareea in 1983. He followed with several additional albums: Ghanny Men Albak (1984), Hala Hala (1986), Khalseen (1987), Mayyal (1988), Shawa’na (1989) and Matkhafesh (1990). Diab was chosen to perform and represent Egypt at the 5th Tournament of African Sports in 1990 where he sang in mostly in Arabic, but also in English and French.
During the same year he had a role in the film El Afareet with actress Madiha Kamel. Then came albums Habibi (1991), Ayyamna (1992) and Ya Omrena (1993). In 1992 and 1994, Amr played two more film roles in Ice Cream Fy Gleem and Dehk Wele’b Wegad Wehob.
Diab released the album Weylomony in 1994, and officially established himself as a super star of the Arab world with the launch of Rag’een in 1995 and the popular Nour El Ein album in 1996 which achieved many music awards.
He then followed with Awedony in 1998. Diab made a breakthrough with his hit Amarain album in 1999. He performed duets on this album with Algerian-French based Cheb Khaled (on the song “Alby”) and with Greek Angela Dimitriou (on the song “Bahebbak Aktar”).
Diab has achieved the World Music Awards twice as best selling Middle Eastern singer, with his albums Nour El Ain in 1998 and Aktar Wahed in 2002. He also received a Platinum Award for the sales of Nour El Ain. The summer of 2004 witnessed the release of the Leily Nehary album.
Kammel Kalamak was released in December 2005 and contains 10 tracks representing a year and half of continuous studio efforts. Amr won his third World Music Award on his Ellila de album, which was released in July 2007.In October 2010, Amr Diab won two African Music Awards (Best Male Act of Africa and Best North African Artist) during the African Music Award Festival in London.
September 2011 saw the release of his album Banadeek Taala, produced by Rotana. Amr Diab composed 9 of the 12 songs on this album. On February 2011, Amr Diab released his hit single “Masr Allet” (Egypt spoke). The song was released during the 2011 revolution in Egypt and was dedicated to the martyrs of the revolution.
In 2012, Diab hosted the first Google Hangout in the Middle East during his performance in Dubai. Ten winners had the chance to speak live with Diab. Diab launched his “Amr Diab Academy” in 2012 on YouTube.
The program searched for singers from all over the world. Thousands of applicants were submitted, and at the last stage two winners were announced: Mohanad Zoheir and Wafae Chikki joined Diab, signing a duet in his Egypt concert in 2012.
In 2013, Diab had his Golden Tour, celebrating 30 years of success. The tour began in Australia and continued in Qatar, Dubai, Egypt, Greece, and Romania.
On August 2013, Diab released the El Leila album which was the number one selling album in the world category in iTunes and Rotana. Diab released his music video “El Leila”, which was shot in Greece, and the music video made more than 10 million views shortly after its release.
On May 27, 2014 Amr Diab won Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, Best-selling Arab Album (El Leila), and World’s Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online at the World Music Awards in Monaco.
On 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. On July 2015, Amr Diab released the music video from his song “Gamalo” from his album “Shoft El Ayam.”
Diab 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.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”.
Amr Diab’s “Pan-Mediterranean” style Arabic music fuses touches of flamenco and raï with western pop and traditional Arabic rhythms. By 1992, he became the first Arabic artist to start making high-tech music videos.His composition tamally maak was appreciated overseas and the song was copied by Indian music composer Anu Mallik in the 2004 film “Murder”.
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