Buzz

Viral Video Shows Evolution of Arabic Music From 1900s to Today

Viral Video Shows Evolution of Arabic Music From 1900s to Today

Saudi Iranian a capella artist Alaa Wardi got together with music platform Anghami to create the latest viral video that’s breaking the internet in the Middle East. With 42 hit songs, Wardi goes through the history of Arabic music dating back to before the 1900s until today.

Starting off with “Lamma Bada Yatathanna,” a muwashah song, which is a form of classical Arabic music dating back to medieval times, Wardi moves on to the Egyptian popular music icons Sayyid Darwish and Umm Kulthum as well as Layla Murad in songs representing the 1930s and 1940s.

Continuing on the Egyptian track, for the 1950s and 1960s Wardi impersonates prominent singers Abdel Halim Hafez and Mohamed Abdel Wahhab.

Covering tunes by famed Saudi Arabian singer Talal Maddah and Lebanese superstar Fairouz in the 1970s and 1980s, Wardi transitions into the 1990s with Amr Diab’s “Habiby Ya Nour El Ayn” and “Didi” by Algerian Cheb Khaled.

The 1990s also sees Wardi perform songs by Lebanese singer Elissa and by the turn of the millennium two other Lebanese stars, Haifa Wehbe and Nancy Ajram, enter.

Going through songs by Saber El Robaey, Hakim and Hussein al-Jassmi, he finally arrives at the 2015 superhit “Enta Moellem” by Moroccan artist Saad Lamjarred.

With not only presenting the music of each decade, Alaa Wardi also changes his outfit (except for his jeans!) to portray the fashion of the time, creating a fun collage of the development of Arabic music in the last century.

If you’re visiting from Facebook and the video did not load above, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Egyptian Billionaire Offers $100 Million to Help Refugees by Developing a Community for Them
Egyptians Traveling to Colombia: Beware, It Turns Out You Do Need a Pre-Arrival Visa

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz
@egyptianstreets

Quick clicks. Making it lighter.

More in Buzz

#StopTheWait: Messi Visits Egypt to Promote Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment and Tourism

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2017

‘Egypt is the Most Fascinating Place on Earth’: How to Spend Just 48 Hours in Egypt

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 14, 2017

Drinking Liquor Without Getting Drunk Not Sinful: Islamic Scholar

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 13, 2017

World’s Heaviest Woman Transported from Egypt to India for Weight Reduction Surgery

Toqa EzzidinFebruary 13, 2017

Egypt is the Cheapest Place in the World to Buy a Big Mac – But What Does That Mean?

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 31, 2017

Meet Dina Habib Powell, the Egyptian-American Appointed by Trump to the White House

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 17, 2017

Redefine Ability: An Egyptian Campaign Changing How We View Ability

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 11, 2017

Egyptian Omar Samra Becomes First in the World to Climb Three Mountains in Antarctica

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 11, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.