Massar Egbari releases promo for new song featuring Diab

Ati Metwaly , Ahram Online , Friday 26 May 2023

Egyptian popular band Massar Egbari released a promo of their new song, which features 'light shaabi' singer Diab.

Massar Egbari

The announcement on Massar Egbari's Facebook page says the new single will be released "next week."

In the short video, Massar Egbari along with Diab perform the new track titled Habbet Tabtaba on what appears to be a friendly rehearsal set in a living room.

The announcement comes while Massar Egbari is on a European tour, which began in Amsterdam on 18 May, through Berlin and London, and to conclude in Paris on 26 May.

Massar Egbari is one of Egypt's best-known independent rock bands.

It was founded in 2005 with a line-up including Hani El-Dakkak (guitar and lead vocal), Ahmed Hafez (bass guitar), Tamer Attallah (drums), Ayman Massoud (keyboards) and Mahmoud Siam (guitar).

The band's albums include Read The News (2013), Songs from a Stolen Spring (compilation, 2014), Rise and Fall (2015) and The Album (2018).

Massar Egbari has performed in hundreds of concerts - in Egypt, the Arab region and internationally - to a large fan-base.

Band members have also released their own solo projects.

Born in 1979, Mohamed Diab - known as Diab - is coined as a "light shaabi" singer, a genre that fuses shaabi music with light pop. 

His first appearances as a singer date back to early 2000s as a singer in weddings.

In 2004, Diab was discovered by producer and director Nasr Mahrous who featured him in a collective album with a song titles Dimples.

After attracting a wide audience, Diab released his first solo album in 2010 and a second one in 2014.

Diab also took up acting, featuring in many films and television series.

His most recent appearances as an actor were in TV series Taht El Wesaya (2023), Touba (2022), Al Ekhteyar (2020), films such as Men Agl Zeko (2022), Harb Karmooz (2018) among dozens of other titles. 

He appeared in the soundtracks of the TV series Ded Maghool (2018) and The Alleys of Bucharest (2015).

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