9 October 1982 (age 36)
Cairo, Al Qāhirah, Egypt
Hassan El Shafei is a born and bred Egyptian musician and media personality, who has taken the Middle East by storm on many artistic fronts and earning him the title of "heartthrob" among hundreds of thousands of adoring fans across the region. Having successfully worked with the biggest names in the Arab music industry as a composer and music producer, not just creating chart topping hits, but also winning accolades, recognition and respect. He cemented himself as a multi-award winning "Super Producer".As if the aforementioned wasn't enough, Hassan also wanted to further quench his artistic thirst, so he established his own label to create, produce and promote the underground and unconventional music scene with his own distinct flavor, aptly named "The Basement Records".
Superstardom came knocking on Hassan's door when he was cast as one of the three main judges on MBC's "Arab Idol" which is the regional version of the worldwide hit reality TV franchise "American Idol". "Arab Idol" quickly became the biggest show around and furthermore it was broadcasted on the most popular and lucrative channel in the Middle East "MBC1", and with A-list judges such as veteran Lebanese superstar Ragheb Alama and the Gulf's leading lady of song Ahlam, a new superstar was born in the form of Hassan El Shafei to complete the trio of the region's elite judging panel. Season 2 of "Arab Idol" ups the ante several notches with the addition of Arabic singing sensation Nancy Ajram to the panel, making sure Hassan is kept in exclusive company.
In the nineties, Hassan was known by his alias "The Saint", and was responsible for the hit song "My Ecstasy" which dominated the electronic music in the year 2000. Today, the producer and arranger "Hassan El Shafei" has dropped the moniker, lending his real name to the producing credits of super hit songs such as Amr Diab's "Wayah", Angham's "Ana Aysha Hala", Hossam Habib's "Shoft Eb Enaya", Abdel Mejid Abdallah's "Yahlamoun" and more, ensuring every song he introduces offers a new sound and ushers in a new musical genre to the Middle East.
Hassan El Shafei is considered to be one of the few producers with unique talents ranging from composing and orchestrating classical pieces to programming hip funk electro beats, with a knowledge and a passion for many different genres, El Shafei has his own unique sound blending different cultures together and creating new ones.
THE BASEMENT RECORDS:
"The Basement Records" is an underground company that creates music with its very own flavor. It stands out with its new experimental projects that aim to introduce the new artists and revamp the big ones, all aimed at digging out the essence of the Middle East in its true form and glory.
Hassan El Shafei's latest release through "The Basement Records" is a track titled "Fi Ekhtelafna Rahma" performed by El Joker featuring Abdullah Al Hussainy, which reflects the reality and truth of the current happenings in Egypt and proves yet again that El Shafei's music is one that has a unique impact on the people, with lyrics that find its way through to the hearts and minds of protestors in the streets. Below is a link to the track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qihVNn6FdEo
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