The Egyptian King of the Generation
Egypt has produced many great singers who are thriving beautifully in the world of music.
Meet one of them.
Tamer Hosny Sherif Abbas Farghaly was born 16th August, 1977 and is known by his artistic name Tamer Hosny. He is an Egyptian singer, actor, composer, director and songwriter. He first came to public attention when he appeared on mix tapes with other Egyptian artists. Hosny launched his solo career with his 2004 album Hob, becoming a successful singer of romantic music and was given the nickname “King of the Generation” by his fans. In December 2019, Hosny broke the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board.
Tamer Hosny was born in Cairo Unlike his father, Hosny Sherif Abbas, Tamer Hosny grew up with an interest in football and played the sport for five years.Tamer Hosny had his first directorial experience in 2010 when directing his music video “Sa7eet 3la Sotha”. Tamer had a long-held ambition to become a director and to make his own music video. Hosny starred in the 2003 Egyptian film Halet Hob (A State of Love). In 2006, he was arrested for forging military papers to avoid serving in the army. He received a one-year prison sentence, yet he only stayed in jail for six months.
In 2012 he released “Omar & Salma 3”, the third sequel to the Omar & Salma films. Hosny has frequently stated that he was not satisfied with the film. In a recent interview on the Set El Hosn program, he admitted that “I’m not happy with how the movie turned out, although many people love it and it was a box office success. I don’t blame anyone else for that, I take responsibility for it. We had to make major plot changes due to financial reasons.”
After three years away from the movie industry, he released Ahwak alongside Ghada Adel and Ahmed Malek. It is a romantic comedy about a young plastic surgeon who falls in love with a divorced woman. The film was a success at the box office, with total revenue of 22 million Egyptian pounds.
In 2017, Hosny released Tesbah ala kher (Good Night), a comedy drama about a wealthy entrepreneur who suffers from depression and hallucinations. Falcon films – the company responsible for distributing the movie in the Arab world – released an official statement saying that the movie has topped the box office in the Arab world.
Tamer sang Bokra “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)” a charity single that was released on 11 November 2011 at 11:11 pm, along with Rim Banna, Akon, Diana Karazon, Marwan Khoury, Latifa, Souad Massi, Hani Mitwasi, Saber Rebaï, Kathem Al-Saher, Waed, Sherine and other Arab Artists. The single will distribute the proceeds of its donations to various organisations, institutions and charities with arts and culture programs. The eight-minute song was written by Majida El Roumi, and produced by Quincy Jones and RedOne.
Tamer Hosny has recorded a new duet song with Shaggy, named “Smile”. The song, written and composed by Tamer Hosny, wasdistributed all over the world. The music video was released at the beginning of 2012; the music video was shot in New York City, and it has achieved huge success; it achieved more than one million views in only 3 days on YouTube, and for this exceptional growth rate, YouTube awarded the music video a trending medal.
Tamer decided to make his Egyptian/Arab identity present in these collaborations, So he made Snoop Dogg appear in their music video wearing Egyptian traditional cloths known as Jellabiya and also wrote Snoop’s name in Arabic on the car appearing in the video.
Tamer performed “Right Where I’m Supposed to Be” as the Official Song of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in collaboration with Ryan Tedder, Avril Lavigne, Luis Fonsi, Hussain Al Jassmi and Assala Nasri openly presented by Public figure Hilal Al- Battashi.
Because of Tamer’s famous charismatic stage presence and creativity, his fans now call him “King of the stage”. In an interview with Sherihan Abu Al Hassan on her program Set El Hosn, Tamer said that he doesn’t pay much attention to the titles given to him by the fans like “King of generation” although he does appreciate the “King of the stage” title due to his efforts to improve the stage appearance in Egypt. “I’m no king, I’m not a fan of titles at all, I only appreciate the fact that my efforts to improve Egypt’s stage appearance are acknowledged by the fans ” he said, “My favorite title is just being called an Egyptian Arab artist when performing abroad.”
Onyeka Owenu, The Elegant Stallion
Onyeka Onwenu blew the hearts and minds of Africans in the early 80s when she started her music career while still working with the NTA as a broadcaster.
She was born 31st January, 1952 and hails from Arondizuogu, a small town in Ideato North, Imo State. She was raised in Port Harcourt. She is the youngest daughter of Nigerian educationist and politician D.K. Onwenu who died when she was four years old in an auto crash a week before his appointment as Minister for Education, leaving his widow, Hope, to raise five children alone after her husband’s family denied her access to his property (The song “African Woman” from Onwenu’s fourth album One Love is loosely inspired by her mother).
Onyeka is a Nigerian singer/songwriter, actress, human right activist, social activist, journalist, politician, and former X Factor series judge. Dubbed the “Elegant Stallion” by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture. In 2013 she was appointed the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.
She possesses a BA in International Relations and Communication from Wellesly College, Massachusetts, and an MA in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research, New York. She worked for the United Nations as a tour guide before returning to Nigeria in 1980 to complete her mandatory one-year national service with NTA where she made an impact as a newsreader and reporter. In 1984, she wrote and presented the internationally acclaimed BBC/NTA documentary Nigeria, ‘A Squandering of Riches’ which became the definitive film about corruption in Nigeria as well as the intractable Niger Delta agitation for resource control and campaign against environmental degradation in the oil rich region of Nigeria.
A former member on the board of the NTA, she has also worked as a TV presenter, hosting the shows Contact in 1988 and Who’s On? In 1993 both on NTA Network. Originally a secular artist, Onwenu made the transition to gospel music in the 90s, and most of her songs are self-penned. She wrote and sang about issues such as health (HIV/AIDS), peace and mutual coexistence, respect for women rights, and the plight of children.
She began her music career in 1981 while still working in NTA, releasing the album For the Love of You, a pop album which featured an orchestral cover of Johnny Nash’s “Hold Me Tight”, and her second album Endless Life was produced by Sonny Okosuns. Both records were released on the EMI label.
Her first album with Polygram, ‘In The Morning Light’, was released in 1984. Recorded in London, it featured the track “Masterplan” written by close friend Tyna Onwudiwe who had previously contributed to Onwenu’s BBC documentary and subsequently sang back-up vocals on the album. After her fourth release, 1986’s One Love which contained an updated version of the song “In the Morning Light”, She collaborated with veteran jùjú artist Sunny Ade on the track “Madawolohun (Let Them Say)” which appeared in 1988’s Dancing In The Sun. This was the first of three songs the pair worked on together; the other two – “Choices” and “Wait For Me” – centred on family planning, and were endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria who used “Choices” in their commercials. Her final release on Polygram was dedicated to Winnie Mandela, the subject of a song of the same name which She performed live when Nelson Mandela and his wife visited Nigeria in 1990 following his release from prison.
Onyeka diverted to Benson and Hedges Music in 1992 and released the self-titled Onyeka!, her only album with the label, after which she made the transition to Christian/gospel music.
Onyeka didn’t stop at the broadcast and music industry but also went in to the movie industry and still did beautifully well. She featured in numerous Nollywood movies, and in 2006 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the movie “Widow’s Cot”. She was also nominated that same year for African Movie Academy Award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” in the movie “Rising Moon” In 2014. She was in the movie “Half of a Yellow Sun” with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, she was also in “Lion Heart” with Genevieve Nnaji who happened to be the producer.
Her most popular songs are Iyogogo, Kosi, Oh Woman and more.
Onyeka was and still is a great woman!
Remembering Manu Dibango
Emmanuel N’Djoké “Manu” Dibango was born 12th December 1933. He was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. His father was a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, while his mother was a Duala. He was best known for his 1972 single “Soul Makossa”.
He was a member of the seminal Congolese rumba group African Jazz and has collaborated with many other musicians, including Fania All Stars, Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Adé, Don Cherry, and Sly and Robbie. He achieved a considerable following in the UK with a disco hit called “Big Blow”, originally released in 1976 and re-mixed as a 12″ single in 1978 on Island Records. In 1998, he recorded the album CubAfrica with Cuban artist Eliades Ochoa. At the 16th Annual Grammy Awards in 1974, he was nominated in the categories Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition for “Soul Makossa”.
The song “Soul Makossa” on the record of the same name contains the lyrics “makossa”, which means “dance” in his native tongue, the Cameroonian language Duala. It has influenced popular music hits, including Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie”. The 1982 parody song “Boogie in your butt” by comedian Eddie Murphy interpolates Soul Makossa’s bassline and horn charts while “Butt Naked Booty Blues” by 1990s hip-hop group Poor Righteous Teachers heavily samples its musical bridge and drum patterns.
He served as the first chairman of the Cameroon Music Corporation, with a high profile in disputes about artists’ royalties. Dibango was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004.
His song, “Reggae Makossa”, is featured on the soundtrack to the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. In August 2009, he played the closing concert at the revived Brecon Jazz Festival.
In 1982, Michael Jackson used the “Ma ma-se, ma ma-sa, ma ma-kossa” hook from Dibango’s 1972 single “Soul Makossa” without his permission and without credit for the song “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” from his superhit 1982 album Thriller. When Dibango found out he considered to sue the megastar but Jackson was fast to admit that he borrowed the line and the matter was settled out of court.
In 2007, Rihanna sampled the same hook from Jackson’s song for her track “Don’t Stop the Music” and did not credit Dibango. When Rihanna had asked Jackson for permission to sample the line, he allegedly approved the request without contacting Dibango beforehand. In 2009, Dibango sued both singers. Dibango’s attorneys brought the case before a court in Paris, demanding €500,000 in damages and asking for Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music to be “barred from receiving ‘mama-se mama-sa’-related income until the matter is resolved”. The judge ruled that Dibango’s claim was inadmissible: a year earlier, a different Paris-area judge had required Universal Music to include Dibango’s name in the liner notes of future French releases of “Don’t Stop the Music”, and, at the time of this earlier court appearance, Dibango had withdrawn legal action, thereby waiving his right to seek further damages.
In July 2014, he made an 80th anniversary concert at Olympia, France which was broadcast by TV5Monde.
On 8 September 2015, Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, honoured Manu Dibango with the title of Grand Témoin de la Francophonie aux Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Rio 2016 (Special Representative of Francophonia to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games).
On 24 March 2020, Dibango died from COVID-19 in Paris.
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