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Biography

Ahmed Adaweyah (Arabic: احمد عدوية‎) is an Egyptian singer of sha'abi music. He has starred in 27 Egyptian films. Adaweyah started his career as a cafe waiter but in 1971, he began performing songs using the language of the streets of Cairo, full of working class slang and double entendres. His recordings outsold many others and were circulated via audiocassette in the streets. Among them, "Salamit Ummih Hassan" referred to Egypt (as Umm Hassan) and its defeat in 1967; "Zahma ya Dunia, Zahma" lamented the crowded and hectic conditions in Cairo, "Ya Bint Sultan" became a favorite song performed for dancers. Like many shaabi (meaning of the 'people', or working class) singers Adaweyah was capable of delivering a strong mawal (vocal improvisation)

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