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Alaa Wardi (Arabic: علاء وردي) (born 13 January 1987 in Riyadh) is a Saudi Arabian singer, songwriter, a cappella artist, and producer of Iranian origin. He gained popularity through the online video sharing platform, YouTube, where he publishes covers of Middle Eastern, English, Bollywood and K-pop hits, and original ballads. Wardi released his album Fi Ba7ri in 2015 and Madinat Al Salah in 2016. He is also part of the Arab rock and pop band Hayajan.
Alaa Wardi (2014)
|Born||13 January 1987|
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, YouTuber|
He produced the English language musical video "No Woman, No Drive" in October 2013 with comedians Hisham Fageeh and Fahad Albutairi as a satirical comment on the Saudi Arabian ban on women drivers. It is sung a capella by Fageeh backed by Wardi and Albutairi to the tune of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" and has been popular on YouTube.
In June 2015, Wardi released his album Fi Ba7ri. The lyrics for the album's songs were written by Aziz Maraka, a Jordanian musician. His Hindi cover versions of Bollywood hits "Pehla Nasha" and "Jiya Re" became famous, as well as his mash-up "Evolution of Arabic Music" which is an a capella mash-up of 42 Arabic songs from the 1930s to 2010s. He has collaborated with a great number of other Arab and international artists including Peter Hollens.
In August 2019, Wardi released a new a cappella cover of Arab all time star Fairuz, a Medley featuring Jordanian indie singer Haifa Kamal, which went viral within few hours, and reaching more than 800K views on its 9th day on Youtube. Wardi was then contacted by Rahbani family, and was instructed to immediately remove the video or serious legal actions would be taken.
Thousands of fans had already downloaded the video, and it's still going viral on the internet.
|Album name||Release date||Tracks|
|Madinat Al Salah||2016||
- "Sha3ri Yot3eboni"
- "Risala Ela..."
- "Garfan Bel-So3odia"
- "Fe Shi Makan" (feat. Angie Obeid)
- "Laying in Bed After a Good Day"
- "Shalamonti Fel7al"
- "Wenti Mastaneti"
- "Evolution of Arabic Music"
|Song title||Featuring||Cover of|
|Jee Le Zaraa||Talaash|
|Happy (Telfaz11 cover)||Pharrell Williams|
|Aïcha||Jean-Jacques Goldman and Cheb Khaled|
|Royals (Arabic Beat) cover||Lorde|
|No Woman, No Drive||Fahad Albutairi, Hisham Fageeh||Adaptation of |
Bob Marley song
"No Woman, No Cry"
|Jai Ho||Peter Hollens||Soundtrack from |
|Mr. Simple||Wonho Chung||Super Junior|
|Pehla Nasha||Soundtrack of Pehla Nasha|
|Jiya Re||Soundtrack of |
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
|Ela Mata||Sultan Al-Jameel||Asala Nasri|
|Osad Einy||Amr Diab|
|Desert Rose||Peter Hollens||Sting / Cheb Mami|
|Fairuz Medley||Haifa Kamal||Fairuz|
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