Hamza Namira. Official Account on Facebook
Hamza Namira's concerts will take place on 10 June at Berlin's Verti Music hall and on 17 June at London's Barbican Hall.
In promotional material for the Berlin concert, Namira is described as a musician with "a luminous expression of resilience and ambition. Namira uses his work to explore and engage with the wider social issues of today. With his unique combination of Egyptian contemporary pop and traditional folk, rock and powerful ballads, he has sold out concerts in Alexandria, Cairo and London, while also performing internationally and across the Arab World."
The highly anticipated concerts in London and Berlin are not Namira’s first appearances in Europe, as the artist’s international performances have previously drawn significant interest from Western listeners.
Born in 1980, Namira is one of the most beloved singers and songwriters of his generation in the Arab world. His journey in music began in his teenage years, when he explored playing guitar, keyboard and oud. Between 1999 and 2004, he joined the band of an Alexandrian artist Nabil Bakly, which heavily influenced his development. He started performing while studying commerce at the Alexandria University, graduating in 2003.
Namira began composing his own songs at this time, gradually attracting a fan base with his unique style. His creative meandering across genres of light rock, jazz and Latin music embedded in Oriental music helped make the latter highly accessible to Western ears.
In 2007, the singer signed with Awakening Records, the British record label that launched the careers of Sami Yusuf, Mesut Kurtis and Maher Zain, among others.
Hamza’s debut 2008 album, Ehlam Maaya (Dream with Me), became an instant hit, bringing him substantial attention. Fans and critics were especially impressed by Namira's cover of the early 20th century Egyptian singer Sayed Darwish's well-known song Shedd El Hizam (Tighten Up Your Belt). This song led many to describe Namira as the “new Sayed Darwish.”
Ever since, Namira has released several highly successful albums, including Insan (A Human, 2011), Esmaani (Listen Up, 2014), Hateer Min Tany (I'll Fly Again, 2018) and Mawlood Sanat 80 (Born in the Year 80, 2020).
He also released dozens of singles and collaborated with many well-known Egyptian and Arab bands and musicians such as Eftekasat, Autostrad and Hamid Al Shaeri.
Continued performances in Egypt, the Arab world and internationall has grown his fan base, including listeners of many music genres that Namira fuses into his songs.
Namira's YouTube channel has 4.3 million subscribers. Many songs are viewed more than 10 million times, including hits such as Fady Shwayya and Dary Ya Albi that have garnered 268 million and 457 million views respectively.
Namira is known for his extensive philanthropic work, with one of his latest involvements being in Hekayet Tefl in collaboration with United Muslim Relief in support refugee children from of the Syrian civil war in Jordan.