Lebanese Elissa and Moroccan Saad Lamjarred top charts with romantic duet

Eslam Omar , Monday 9 May 2022

Romance is still going viral among Arab listeners, with latest pop hit duet ‘Min Awel Dekika’ (‘From the First Minute’) — which combines Lebanese star Elissa and renowned Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred — trending on various platforms.

Lebanese Elissa and Moroccan Saad Lamjarred
Lebanese Elissa and Moroccan Saad Lamjarred in their latest hit duet Min Awel Dekika


Since its release on 4 May during the Muslim’s feast of Eid El-Fitr, Min Awel Dekika has been at the top of the charts of music platforms like Anghami, Deezer, and YouTube in several Arab and foreign countries, including Egypt.

Min Awel Dekika was written in Egyptian dialect by Egyptian first-row pop makers lyricist Amir Teima, composer Ramy Gamal, and producer Ahmed Ibrahim.

“From the first minute, to your love, my heart bent. I knew a hundred ways [how] to change from one condition to another. [With you] I feel lost between the fact, o’ my life, and the fiction,” sings the two stars in the chorus of the expressive hit, which features a slow-dance arrangement.

Over 14 million viewers have watched the clip in just five days on YouTube alone, where it was released on Elissa’s channel, which has four million subscribers.

Many celebrities have praised Min Awel Dekika and congratulated the singers for its success, including Egyptian superstar Sherihan, who was keen to comment “You are life. I love you.”

Born in 1972 to a Syrian mother and a Lebanese father, Elissa — whose real name is Elissar Khoury — is among the highest-selling female artists in the Arab world, receiving several music awards in her Egyptian and Lebanese pop career that boomed in the 90s.

A Cancer fighter, Elissa — who studied political science in Lebanon — is known for supporting humanitarian and social causes such as mental health, women’s rights, freedom of speech, and anti-bullying. She shared her thoughts and ideas on these causes in a podcast released on Anghami in February 2021 that was titled ‘Elissa: The Podcast.’

Elissa has collaborated with many well-known Arab and international musicians, including Ragheb Alama, Chris de Burgh, Cheb Mami, Fadl Shaker, and Tamer Hosny.

Hit maker Lamjarred, 37, has also seen much success throughout his career, garnering attention for his song ‘Lm3allem’ and his collaborations with Mohamed Ramadan and Calema.

Among other rap, Shaabi, and Mahraganat hits, other trending pop releases this week include Hamaki’s ‘Gamalha Estethnaey’, Hussain Al-Jassmi’s ‘Dalla3 Wetdalla3’, and Amr Diab’s ‘Hatedalaa’, which is exclusively available on Anghami.

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