When I think of music from Egypt, the very first artist that comes to mind is Amr Diab, a multi-award winner singer/songwriter from Port Said, who has been active in the music scene for more than 30 years, and is one of the most successful /best-selling Middle Eastern artists. Known as the father of Mediterranean music or King of Arab Pop, he has created his own trademark style of blending Western (especially Latin) and Egyptian rhythms.
The latest single from Diab, Al Qahira, describes idyllically the atmosphere and scenery of Cairo.
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It’s a soft and relaxing piece, romantic even. It’s an easy listening staying true to Diab’s personal Mediterranean style. You can’t go wrong by adding the vocals of another legendary Egyptian artist, Mohamed Mounir, and enchanting instrumentals, and you’ve got a definite hit single.
There is also an evident sense of homesickness and you can really feel his love for Cairo and Egypt, which can be explained by the fact that neither of the two artists actually live in Egypt.
I love the fact that in this single, and in the previous albums, Diab doesn’t seem to overdo or try to be something else just for the sake of fame, rather sticking to his signature style his fans expect of his music. And he certainly doesn’t disappoint!
While the song is lovely without a doubt, the video has caused some buzz among the fans, who somewhat criticize the one-sided portrayal of ‘’pretty’’ Cairo. There is more to Cairo than a breathtaking view from a 5-star hotel rooftop and the Nile for sure…
To summarize this short review, in my opinion Amr Diab is one of a kind and he has well earned his titles and place in the Middle Eastern and world music. This single and his music in general are definitely worth listening. You either love it or hate it, but you can’t deny the catchiness.