Egyptian pop singer who caused controversy with his 2000 song "I Hate Israel."
He worked for a number of years as a laundry presser before being encouraged to chase stardom.
His popular political songs include "Bin Bin Bin Bin Laden," which was censored in his home country.
His father was a film director in the 1930s and 1940s.
He came onto the scene before fellow Egyptian pop singer Tamer Hosny.