Amer Mounib - Egypt Today.
CAIRO – 4 September 2018: September 2018 this year marks the 7th anniversary of the death of singer and actor Amer Mounib, and his would-be 55th birthday.
Below are a few facts about Mounib, in his memory:
• Mounib was born in the Dokki district of the Giza governorate on 2 September, 1963. His grandmother is late veteran actress Mary Mounib. The late artist moved in with his grandmother in the Shobra district and often went to theatres with her to watch her preparations behind the curtains. The artist’s grandmother died in 1969 when he was only six, and he eventually moved in with his father.
• Mounib was a very smart student, and excelled during his academic studied. He was appointed an assistant at the Faculty of Commerce, Ain Shams University, and later pursued his PhD in Australia.
• The late artist often sang songs by the late singer Abdel Halim Hafez, until he reached stardom through musician Helmy Bakr who heard him sing at a Sohour (Muslim meal prior to fasting) gala widely attended by numerous artists at the time. Attended praised Mounib’s performance and encouraged him to further pursue music professionally.
• Mounib excelled at playing the “Oud” (Oriental musical instrument) through extensive learning sessions with the dean of Helwan University’s Faculty of Music, Atef Abdel Hamid. He further excelled at playing the piano and created a small band, performing covers of songs by the late singer Abdel Halim Hafez in major hotels around the country.
• The late artist was a warrior, and he was not known for giving up easily. In 1990, he produced his own album “Lamhy.” Mounib sold his car and loaned money from close friends to be able to produce his first album. Even though he could not afford much, he was always determined to co-operate with the pioneers of Egypt’s music industry in Egypt, such as Medhat el-Adl, Salah el-Sharnoubi and Riyadh al-Hamshary.
• During his career, the late artist accomplished 12 albums, including “Awel Hob” (First Love), “Kol Sanya Ma’ak” (Every Second With You), “Faker” (Do You Remember?) among others.
• In 2002, Mounib started his acting career through participating in the movie “Sehr El-Oyoun” (Magic of the Eyes) alongside actress Hala Sheeha, Nelly Karim and Mohamed Lotfy. The artist performed other movies, until his last movie “El Ghawas” (The Diver).
• In 2009, Mounib released his only spiritual song “Ya Allah” (O Allah), after completing a pilgrimage to Mecca to perform an Omra (Muslim Ritual).
• The late artist passed away on 26 November 2011 at Dar El Foad Hospital in Giza. He was only 48.
• Two years after his death, his song “Geet Ala Baly” (You Crossed My Mind) was re-released through a collaboration with Tunisian singer Latifa. After the 30 June revolution in 2011, his only national song “El Askareya El Masriya” (Egyptian Militiary) was also re-released, under the supervision of his widowed wife.