8 October 1980 (age 37)
Shereen Abdul Wahhab, (Arabic: شيرين عبد الوهاب, also credited as Shereen Ahmed) is an Egyptian singer and actress, born October 10, 1980 in Cairo. She is popularly known simply as Shereen شيرين (aka Sherine, Sherin). She started her musical career with her successful debut single, "Ah Ya Leil".
Born in Cairo, Shereen is a graduate of a prominent Egyptian music academy. Upon graduating, she sought a record company to represent her and manage her musical career. She met up with Free Music Productions' owner and manager Nasr Mahrous. Mahrous signed and released a debut album with fellow singer Tamer Hosny. The album included solo singles, as well as duets. Titled Free Mix 3, it is one of the mix-tapes Mahrous usually produces but was exclusively for these two artists. Although Shereen was a new artist with Free Music, Tamer had signed with Mahrous earlier.
The album included Shereen's debut single, "Ah Ya Leil", which garnered huge success in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Critics and audience were impressed with Shereen's vocal abilities, but wanted her to revamp her image. The song included local musical styles from traditional Egyptian tarab voice techniques to usage of traditional Egyptian music instruments common to the Shaabi genre. Hosny's single, along with the music video, were also received very well and this mixtape was considered a milestone in Free Music's short history.
in 2002, Shereen released her first album as a solo artist titled Garh Tany. The album's first single was the title track, "Garh Tany", and it was well-received. The single consisted mainly of repetition, with intensive manipulation in voice tones and pitch. This is also considered to be a traditional Egyptian voice technique. The music video was released one week earlier from the album release, and the album made huge success in the Egyptian and wider Middle Eastern music market. By North American standards, the album would be the equivalent of certified platinum.
Shereen's second single from the album was "Sabri Aleel", which was an uptempo song, uses slight traditional techniques, but included Nai, Tabla, Heavy Bass and multi-layered voices of Shereen in the choruses. The music video's version of the song was different from the album's, and it was titled "Sabri Aleel - Melody Mix". The song was exclusively broadcast on Melody Hits channel.
Shereen's acting career is short, as she just starred in one comedy movie titled Medo Mashakel. In the movie, Shereen sings and one of the singles sung in the movie was broadcasted on music channels. The song was titled "Balak". It portrays Shereen, as one of the movie's scenes, getting on stage in a friend's wedding and performing the song. The song didn't get as much attention, as it wasn't released on any record.
A compilation album for Shereen was released under the title Roo'. The album included the movie-song "Balak", along with few other songs of her such as "Afriqiya" and other songs of Tamer Hosny. The album was considered unofficial, as it wasn't released under Free Music label since Shereen was still signed with the company.
By this time, and before releasing the single "Ma Btefrahsh", it was reported in magazines and tabloid-newspapers that Shereen was having a fall-out with Nasr Mahrous, but it was not confirmed. Shereen was on hiatus during that time, as she didn't release any singles nor albums for quite a while, and according to some sources, Shereen was mad at her producer and manager, Nasr Mahrous, for not fulfilling the terms of agreement in their contract.
In early 2005, Promotions for Shereen's new song, "Ma Btefrahsh" showed up on Melody Hits, and a week later the music video was released. The song became quite popular, and it was heavily rotated on Melody Hits. The song was almost like a comeback to Shereen. It was featured in a mixtape along other singles by fellow Free Music artists, such as Bahaa Sultan, Souma and Tamer Hosny. The mixtape featured another single by Shereen, "Einak". Both songs were frequently aired on Radio channels.
In August 2005, Shereen's new single was also promoted on Melody Hits TV, and it seemed certain that this was going to be one of the album releases as she had said earlier in TV interviews. The promotion shows a camera following Shereen's bare feet walking, up to a chair where she sits, but it doesn't show her face. Another promo had a sample from her second single "Mafeesh Marra".
More than a week later, the single, titled "Lazim Aïsh" was released. It was also produced and directed by Nasr Mahrous, the song took a different form as it was a ballad. This was the title track as well. The album, Lazim Aïsh, was released. The album also would be certified platinum as it made huge success. It was the best selling album in the Arab World in 2005. Later on, the second single music video of "Mafeesh Marra" was released, it was an uptempo, fun, hip song which the audience were delighted by its new and unique sound.
Recently, she released "Lebnan Fel Alb (Lebanon's in the Heart)". It is dedicated to Lebanon and the victims who fell in the Israeli-Lebanese conflict. The music video is made up of footage of the damage in Lebanon after the recent war. It also includes video footage of tourist spots of the country.
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