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Ehab Tawfik

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Ehab Ahmed Tawfik is an outstanding Egyptian singer, born on January 7, 1966, and is endowed with a wonderful and unique voice, as well as refined artistic taste.

Therefore, Ehab Tawfik had since the age of nine benefited from lessons of playing the "Oud" (the Mid-Eastern version of the lute) and the marvelous richness of this instrument has flavored Ehab Tawfik's voice with a gusto that leaves it hardly possible, for even a truly accomplished singer, to reach the niveau and beauty of his unique performance.

His first single, "Dany," was released in 1989. His first album "Ekminny" was released in 1990. In 1995, he received his master's degree for his thesis: "The Egyptian Song in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century ."

Critics say the successes of Ehab's albums year after year can be attributed to his warm voice, good lyrics, and ability to find talented composers. Ehab signed with record label Alam El Phan in 2007. He has two children, Ahmed and Mahmoud with his wife Nada .

Ehab is fortunate to have been born and raised in a family, who has had the necessary cultural refinement, so as to recognize their son's talent early .

 Ehab's parents have gone out of their way, in order to preserve and polish their son's gift without ever pressuring him for success and have gone even further when they decided to support his endeavors as an artist, instead of attempting to convince him to pursue a more traditional career that would befit his family's social background.

Since the early beginnings of his career in 1990, he has captivated the different streams of Arab and international audience with the remarkable beauty of his singing technique and picturesque songs, which portray the authentic Egyptian culture.

Ehab Tawfik sang poems about love, personal relationships and human experiences in the Egyptian dialect which is understood everywhere in the Middle-East.

Those who watch the Arabic music scene do not only consider Ehab Tawfik to be an icon and exceptionally talented singer, but also an accomplished artist who has reconciled the Arab youth and the more composed audience to their heritage of songs  which had become mummified in rigid forms and burdened with badly integrated foreign elements.

It is actually Ehab Tawfik's choice of original themes of lyrics, as well as the introduction of exquisite additions to the arrangement of music compositions which has enriched the contemporary Arabic song.

Furthermore, it is the merit of this outstanding artist, that the traditional classic music styles of Tarab  and even Egyptian folklore  have been enabled to break out of the captivity of their regional boundaries and been made available to Non-Arabs, while preserving their cultural authenticity.

Ehab Tawfik has made it a point to polish his talent through profound academic studies which he crowned on April the 6th, 2002 when he attained his Doctorate, the subject matter of which had been "The modes of Arab singing techniques in Egypt during the second half of the 20th Century", with cum laude honors.

In addition to his accomplishments, Ehab Tawfik's charisma and enchanting attitude have turned him into an idol not only in his homeland Egypt, or the Arab world, where he is always invited to participate at prestigious festivals and gala events at the Opera Houses  but also in Australia, the USA and Europe where his fans eagerly await his successful tours and Ehab has become renowned, not only for sweeping his audience off their feet at his live concerts, but also for honoring the love of his fans with his sincere dedication to his audience and art.

As a consequence, it is quite natural that the talent and authenticity of Ehab Tawfik's art have attracted the major labels that produce Arabic music in the Middle East, so as to benefit from his status as a star.

Furthermore, Ehab Tawfik's merits have bestowed on him various official honors and decorations from different countries, in recognition of his remarkable achievements.

But the decoration which Ehab Tawfik personally cherishes most is his distinction as a "Commander of the Order of National Merit for Culture" which the Tunisian president Mr. Zein El-Abedine Ben Ali, had bestowed upon him in July 2003.  

 Although Ehab Tawfik is a foreigner, the President of Tunisia had furthermore honored Ehab Tawfik, by granting him the additional neck-band as the insignia of the Second Level, which is reserved to outstanding Tunisian personalities, instead of the regular Fifth Level, as would have been the custom with a Non-Tunisian person!

Being aware of the important and recognition value which Ehab Tawfik commands, some international organizations such as the UNESCO have approached him with their desire that he should employ his art to raise public awareness to human suffering in the Middle-East and elsewhere.

 In this regard, one of the dearest issues to Ehab's heart has been to raise donations for the benefit of schooling the Iraqi children who had been victimized by the former regime and war which they are too young to understand.

Although Ehab Tawfik has gained the appreciation of his surroundings and enjoys social success, he has become adamant in regard to his desire to shield his privacy, family and trusted friends.

Not only have his latest albums marked important milestones in the Arabic music sector, but the video-clips for his hits have also revealed a hidden actor, which has tempted producers to approach him with various projects for cinema.

But what most regular fans are not aware of is the fact that the composers and other music professionals with whom he has cooperated until to date have come to agree that Ehab Tawfik should put to use his inborn artistic sense of a composer and which he could marvelously combine with the meticulousness of a perfectionist, for which he has become renowned.

In 2007, Ehab Tawfik received much critical acclaim for his song "Prophet Muhammad is too great to be misconducted". The song was released in response to the Danish cartoons that negatively depicted the Prophet .

His song Taala Nesameh featured in the Egyptian film Kashf Hesab (2007), starring Nour and Khaled Abol Naga .

Hits

His hit songs include "Habibi", "Sahrany", "Tetraga Feya", "Hobbak Aliminni", and "Allah Alek Ya Seede" have all been popular in Arabic speaking countries, although his fan base lies largely in Egypt .

Albums

1998       Sahrany

2001       Habib el Alb  

2002       Homma Kelmetain

2005       Hobek Alemni

2006       Leeh Elkhesam      

2009       Ahla Menhom

2009        Ella Rassoul Allah   

2009        Yashak Amar   

2009        Ada Ellail 

2009        El Doniya 

2009       Lezem Tesmaa      

2010          Ahla Samrah   

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