Hesham Abdul Wahab

Hesham Abdul Wahab (born 14 October 1990) is an Indian music director,[3] Music Producer, Singer and Audio Engineer. Best known for his compositions for the music album Qadham Badha (Step Forward)[4] produced by British singer-songwriter Sami Yusuf, he's also a recognized playback singer[5] in Malayalam.

Hesham Abdul Wahab
Hesham Abdul in his studio.jpg
Background information
Birth nameSayyed Hesham Abdul Wahab
Born (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 30)
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
GenresFilm score, world music, Sufi music
Occupation(s)Music director / composer, music producer, singer, audio engineer & mixing engineer
InstrumentsKeyboard & piano
Years active2007[1] – present
Associated actsSami Yusuf,[2] Tom Robertson

Personal lifeEdit

Sayyed Hesham Abdul Wahab was born in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Born in a family of musicians,[6] he took interest in music at a very young age and got professional training in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music. He started singing at an early age of 8 and was introduced to Piano when he was 11. Hesham married Ayshath Safa on 22 January 2018. After completing schooling from International Indian School in Riyadh, he went on to complete a diploma in Audio Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Audio Production from SAE Institute with top honours.[7]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Hesham left for India in 2007 to be part of the music reality show Idea Star Singer[8] which paved the way for his foray into playback singing and later composing. Before starting his career as a professional musician, he worked as an Audio Engineer in Dubai.

Recording careerEdit

Hesham's first recording project was in 2013 with his first single Meri Dua[9] produced by Offline Creations. He got his first major break when Andante Records signed him for their record label. His first album Qadam Badha(Step Forward),[10] an amalgamation of Sufi music and World Music produced by eminent Iran born British singer-songwriter Sami Yusuf was released in 2015.

He forayed into Malayalam film industry as a music director that same year with the film Salt Mango Tree.[11] His debut as a music composer for the Bollywood film[12] Mera India is set to release in 2019. He has also worked with several noted composers and lent his voice to many Indian films. In 2018, one of his songs – Jaana meri janaa from the film Cappuccino fetched Vineeth Sreenivasan his second SIIMA award for the Best Playback Singer in Malayalam.[13]

In 2018, He founded LIVEwithMUSIC, an independent music academy where he takes classes on sound production.[14] Hesham arranged and mixed filmmaker Alphonse Puthren's debut composition 'Kathakal Chollidaam' which was released as a music video featuring several Malayalam film actors and their children. He composed the soundtrack of Vineeth Sreenivasan's upcoming film Hridayam which comprises of 15 songs.[15]

DiscographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Film Soundtrack Film Score Notes
2015 Salt Mango Tree Yes No
2017 Cappuccino Yes No
2017 Pretham Undu Sookshikkuka Yes Yes
2018 Angane Njanum Premichu Yes Yes
2018 Marubhoomiyile Mazhathullikal Yes Yes
2019 Mohabbatin Kunjabdulla Yes No 2 songs
2021 Ole Kanda Naal Yes Yes
2021 Varthamanam Yes No 1 song
2021 Aanaparambile World Cup Yes No 1 song
2021 Cabin Yes Yes 2 songs
2021 Chuzhal Yes Yes
2021 Madhuram Yes Yes
2021 Hridayam Yes Yes

AlbumsEdit

  • Qadam Badha (2015)

Music videosEdit

  • Meri Dua (2013)
  • Mothirakkallu (2019)[16]
  • Await (2020)[17]
  • Yatra (2020)[18]
  • Mounam (2021)

Playback Singer[19]Edit

Year Film Director Composer Category Song Language
2009 Pattalam Rohan Krishna Jassie Gift Film Panivizhum Kaalama Tamil
2011 Traffic Rajesh Pillai Mejo Joseph Film Kannerinjal[20] Malayalam
2011 The Train Jayaraj Sreenivas Film Ladki Malayalam
2011 Gaddama Kamal Bennet–Veetraag Film Vidhuramee Yatra Malayalam
2013 Thira Vineeth Sreenivasan Shaan Rahman Film Thaazhvaaram Malayalam
2014 Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Jude Anthany Joseph Shaan Rahman Film Mounam Chorum, Sneham Cherum Malayalam
2015 Swargathekkal Sundaram Manoj Aravindakshan Rakesh Keshav Film Jeevanil Malayalam
2015 Salt Mango Tree Rajesh Nair Hesham Abdul Wahab Film Kattummel,Kanavil Malayalam
2016 Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti Rishi Sivakumar Sooraj S Kurup Film Are Thu Chakkar Malayalam
2016 Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho Sidhartha Siva Shaan Rahman Film Ethu Meghamaari Malayalam
2016 Take Off Mahesh Narayan Shaan Rahman Film Pulkodiyil Malayalam
2017 Chicken Kokkachi Anuranjan Premji Jassie Gift Film Thumbikal Thaalam Thullum Malayalam
2017 Ente Bharatham Binesh Baskar Binesh Mani Music Album[21] Ente Bharatham Malayalam
2018 Aadu 2 Midhun Manuel Thomas Shaan Rahman Film Oru Thee Pole Malayalam
2018 Angane Njanum Premichu Rajeev Varghese Hesham Abdul Wahab Film Snehithano Malayalam
2018 Padayottam Rafeek Ibrahim Prashant Pillai Film Swapnam Swargam Malayalam
2018 Marubhoomiyile Mazhathullikal Anil Karakkulam Hesham Abdul Wahab Film Kannoram Malayalam
2019 Oru Adaar Love Omar Lulu Shaan Rahman Film Maahiya Malayalam
2019 Kalippu Jessen Joseph Anaz Sainudeen Film Manushya Nee Malayalam
2019 Muhabbathin Kunjabdulla Shanu Samad Hesham Abdul Wahab Film Safarnama Malayalam
2019 Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal Kamal Shaan Rahman Film Mere Maula Malayalam
2021 Varthamanam Sidhartha Siva Hesham Abdul Wahab Film Zindagi Malayalam
2021 Ole Kanda Naal Musthafa Gutz Hesham Abdul Wahab Film Chollamo Malayalam

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 2015 – Best Music Director – Kairali Cultural Forum Abudhabi – Short Film Festival[22] – Oru Vappichi Katha
  • 2015 – Best Upcoming Music Composer of the Year – Mirchi Music Awards South[23]Salt Mango Tree
  • 2016 – Best Singer – Ramu Kariat Award[24] – Kattummel(Salt Mango Tree)
  • 2017 – Promising Music Star Award- Asianet Yuva Award 2017, Doha Qatar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sami Yusuf's latest discovery, Hesham Abdul Wahab, releases new album Qaddam Badha". The National Middle East.
  2. ^ "Sami Yusuf's blessed life – The British singer on his latest peace project and move to Hollywood". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Hesham Wahab's music for 'Salt Mango Tree'". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Hesham Abdul Wahab – Qadam Badha". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ "List of Malayalam Songs by Singers Hesham Abdul Wahab". MSIDB.org. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  6. ^ "It was my dream to become a composer: Hesham Abdul Wahab". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Sami Yusuf's latest discovery, Hesham Abdul Wahab, releases new album Qaddam Badha". The National.
  8. ^ "Music is my first love: Hesham Abdul Wahab". Times of Oman. Times of Oman.
  9. ^ "Meri Dua – Hesham Abdul Wahab (Official Music Video)". Offline Creations. Retrieved 24 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Album review: Qadam Badha". The National. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  11. ^ "'Salt Mango Tree': Let them fly". Manorama Online. Manorama News.
  12. ^ "Hesham to debut in Bollywood". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Malayala Manorama". Malayala Manorama.
  14. ^ S, Gautham (27 February 2021). "Hesham marches to his own tune". The New Indian Express.
  15. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (22 February 2021). "Vineeth Sreenivasan writes, sings for Alphonse Puthren's composition Kathakal Chollidaam". Times of India.
  16. ^ "Mothirakkallu". Apple Music.
  17. ^ "Await | Hesham Abdul Wahab". Spotify. 25 May 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Yatra by Hesham Abdul Wahab feat. Arun Naik". Amazon Music.
  19. ^ "List of Malayalam Songs by Singers Hesham+Abdul+Wahab". en.msidb.org.
  20. ^ "Traffic Songs Download, Traffic Malayalam MP3 Songs, Raaga.com Malayalam Songs". www.raaga.com.
  21. ^ "Ente Bharatham". Saavn.
  22. ^ ""Oru Vappachi Katha" Short Film By Thamar" – via YouTube.
  23. ^ "Upcoming Music composer of the year Archives".
  24. ^ Menon, Anasuya (24 December 2016). "A space so Sufi" – via www.thehindu.com.

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