Known as the Father of Mediterranean Music, he is an Egyptian geel music singer and composer who has sold more than ten million albums worldwide.
He released his first album, Ya Tareeq, in 1983 and gained popularity with songs like "Habibi."
He's won the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle East Artist four times.
He has been married twice, first to Shereen Reda, then to Zinah Ashour. He has four children across the two marriages.
His song "Wala Ala Baloh" has been featured in multiple films, including the 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator.