Egyptian megastar Amr Diab trends twice in August

Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Sep 2020

Trending twice in August for two successive productions, Amr Diab's 2020 Summer video releases are still booming

Amr Diab
Amr Diab (Photo: Courtesy of Amr Diab Official Facebook page)

Egyptian megastar Amr Diab has received attention with 2020 album, successively trending this week for releasing its video-clipped songs, during a summer season hit by a pandemic and filled with loads of trending Mahraganat songs. 

Arguably the most successful pop singer in the Arab world in decades, Diab has trended twice in August for two rich productions sponsored by the mega companies of telecom and soda; 'Ya Baladna Ya Helwa' ("O Our Beloved Country") and 'Amaken El-Sahar ("Places of Nightlife").
This week he released a couple of videos from his 2020 hit songs, including the romantic ballad 'Zai Manti' ("As You're"), arranged by Wama's Nader Hamdy, and the sarcastic lyrics of Ayman Bahgat Amar 'Am El-Tabib' ("Oh Dear Doctor"), where he and some his band members play on the shore of one of the North Coast's resorts.
Developing his typical pop recipe that kept him at the forefront since the 1980s, Diab has collaborated this year with his regular team. For example 'Ya Baladna Ya Helwa' was written by Tamer Hussein, composed by Aziz El-Shafey and arranged by Tarek Madkour.
With many youngsters worldwide tending towards different styles of rap, according to streaming platforms statistics, Diab's millions of views prove that romantic Arabic pop is still a hot commodity.
With over 30 albums and a huge collection of regional and international trophies and awards, El-Hadaba, as he's nicknamed by fans and on street billboards, Diab has kept his wide fan-base growing throughout his four-decade career, transcending age segments each season.
Diab announced two weeks ago he is returning to acting in an Arabic original series produced by Netflix, after his last film Dehk Wele’b Wegad Wehob ("Laughter, Play, Seriousness, and Love") in which he starred alongside late star Omar El-Sherif 27 years ago.
Initial summer charts in Egypt indicated that Wegz and his trap friends, like Marwan Moussa and Afroto, gained the highest streaming numbers, alongside Hamo Bika and his fellow Mahraganat performers, but there is still a big room for Arabic pop, and its longtime leader Diab. 

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