'Don’t be stuck overthinking:' Prominent Egyptian composer Wagih Aziz releases Nehda Shwaya

Eslam Omar , Sunday 27 Feb 2022

After a long absence, prominent Egyptian composer, oud player, singer and songwriter Wagih Aziz released his latest song Nehda Shwaya last weekend, tackling overthinking the past and calling for looking forward.

Wagih Aziz
File Photo: Late appearance of Wagih Aziz in Sahebat El-Sa ada TV show

“Nehda Shwaya discusses overthinking, which is a very personal struggle that many people can easily relate to,” Wagih Aziz expressed to Ahram Online on Sunday, adding that “sometimes one can get stuck in one idea, incident or event that keeps him or her stuck and frozen in a situation that has already passed and could not be redone.”

“Nehda Shwaya is a call for releasing the mind from what keeps your movement and steps heavy. It is a call for looking forward.”

Appreciated by the prominent artist’s fans, Nehda Shwaya is written, composed, produced and performed by Aziz, evoking nostalgic memories of his well-known works.

“This is the first song I wrote lyrics for. In Western cultures, it is normal for the singer to compose his own lyrics. This is not very common in our culture, but I wanted to explore this,” the 61-year-old artist revealed.

Nehda Shwaya has been released on Aziz’s YouTube and Anghami channels that are not widely popular due to their lack of content, despite the multiple albums he has successfully released like Law Beidy (1990), Bel-Leil (1997), and Naes Hetta (2007), as well as his dozens of concerts at the Cairo Opera House and other venues.

“I will be working on uploading my albums on various streaming platforms in the near future,” promised Aziz.

Wagih Aziz – who founded the successful Awtar Masreya band in 1990 – is most known for his multiple collaborations with Mohamed Mounir in songs like Eidaya Fi Gyouby, Momken, Men Awel Lamsa, Hader, Maaky, Asfour, Law Kan Lezaman, Albek El-Shater, Sagheir El-Senn, Heeeh and most recently Zawaa.

He has also composed for top poets like Salah Jahin, Fouad Haddad and Magdy Naguib. 

Among Wagih Aziz’s most significant works is his memorable scoring for Adel Adib’s film Hysteria (1996), starring Ahmed Zaki as a little known singer. Zaki's adaption of Aziz’s singing styles was obvious in the film's songs Ezay Halak and En Madertesh Tedhak.

Aziz also composed memorable songs in other important films like Yousry Nasrallah’s El-Madina and Ahmed Atef’s Omar 2000, both released in 2000, as well as songs for the theatrical play El-Fan Sas, a few years ago.

Aziz is also responsible for one of the hottest songs of the moment – Mesh Nazra W-Ebtesama, originally sung by Simone – which is being covered by young artists like Jannat, Karmen Soliman, Ahmed Ali El-Haggar, Ayamna E-Helwa troupe.

Aziz also collaborated with Simone on songs such as Masheya Fi Haly and Eshar Baa Lewahdak.

Wagih Aziz has confirmed to Ahram Online that he is exploring new song ideas he will write and compose for himself in the near future.

“I think there are many ideas and topics I like to discuss and I feel more relaxed and freer when I develop a song that is totally mine,” Aziz concluded.

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