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Mohamed Mounir - محمد منير - علموني عنيكي

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Mohamed Mounir (Arabic: محمد منير‎) (born October 10, 1954) is a popular Egyptian singer and actor. He is one of the best-known musicians, both in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, with a musical career spanning more than three decades. He incorporates various genres into his music, including classical Arabic Music, Nubian music, blues, jazz and reggae. His lyrics are noted both for their philosophical content and for their passionate social and political commentary. He is affectionately known by his fans as "The King" in reference to his album and play "El Malek Howa El Malek" (The King is The King).

Born into a Nubian family in Aswan, Mounir spent most of his early childhood in the village of Manshyat Al Nubia,[6] where he shared his fathers interests in both music and politics.[1] As a teenager, he and his family were forced to relocate to Cairo when his village was lost in the floods that followed the construction of the Aswan Dam. It was here that he studied photography at the Faculty of Applied Arts at Helwan University. During this period, he would often sing for friends and family at social gatherings. His singing voice was noticed by the lyricist Abdel-Rehim Mansour, who would go on to introduce Mounir to the renowned folk singer Ahmed Mounib

Following his graduation, he was called up for military service in 1974,[1] during which he continued his professional musical career by performing in various concerts.[6] He performed his first such concert in 1975. Although the public were initially critical of Mounir for performing in casual attire at a time where Arab singers were expected to wear suits, they eventually warmed to his laid back image.

After completing his military service, Mounir released his 1977 debut solo album "Alemony Eneeki" on the Sonar record label. Mounir went on to release 5 more consecutive official albums and featured on one soundtrack album under the Sonar label.[6] To date, Mounir has released a total 20 official albums and featured on 6 soundtrack albums under a number of different record labels.

Mounir's single "Maddad" from this album caused controversy, as its lyrics could be interpreted as a call for intercession from the prophet Muhammad. Amongst Muslims, there are differing views as to whether the prophet can provide intercession between Allah and his believers. This resulted in the music video being banned from Egyptian television for a time.[8] Mounir responded by saying "it is this fight against rigid thought that makes something out of you".

On his 2003 follow up album "Ahmar Shafayef" (Lipstick), he returned to his more familiar style of mainly secular lyrics. In the summer of 2003, following the release of his album Mounir toured Austria, Germany and Switzerland alongside the Austrian pop musician Hubert von Goisern, and later that year the duo performed a concert in Asyut.

In May 2004, he held a large concert at the pyramids, during which he was physically attacked by a drunken fan. Despite sustaining minor injuries, he continued his performance until the end of the concert.

He continued his trend of releasing secular albums infused with social commentary with the release of his 2005 album "Embareh Kan Omry Eshren" (Yesterday I Was Twenty), as well as on his latest album "Ta'm El Beyout" (Taste of Homes), released in 2008. Ta'm El Beyout was noted for its creativity but initially did not perform as well as expected in terms of album sales.

In 2008, Mounir postponed his New Year's Eve concert at Cairo Opera House in solidarity with the Palestinians suffering the effects of the Gaza War. He issued the statement: "delaying the concert is a message sent to the whole world, so that it would move forward and help the people in Gaza."


لمونى عنيكى عنيكى أسافر علمونى أفضل مهاجر علمونى أكون مسامح زى نبع الحب صافى علموني اعشق صحابي وانسى وياهم عذابي والغريب لو دق بابي يرتوي من نبع صافي علموني ولفوا بيا دنيا غيرالدنيا ديه طعم تاني وحاجة تانية ده انت نبع الحب صافي

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