Hesham Abdul Wahab
Hesham Abdul Wahab (born 14 October 1990) is an Indian music director, Music Producer, Singer and Audio Engineer. Best known for his compositions for the music album Qadham Badha (Step Forward) produced by British singer-songwriter Sami Yusuf, he's also a recognized playback singer in Malayalam.
Hesham Abdul Wahab
|Birth name||Sayyed Hesham Abdul Wahab|
|Born||14 October 1990|
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
|Genres||Film score, world music, Sufi music|
|Occupation(s)||Music director / composer, music producer, singer, audio engineer & mixing engineer|
|Instruments||Keyboard & piano|
|Years active||2007 – present|
|Associated acts||Sami Yusuf, Tom Robertson|
Sayyed Hesham Abdul Wahab was born in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Born in a family of musicians, 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.
Hesham left for India in 2007 to be part of the music reality show Idea Star Singer 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.
Hesham's first recording project was in 2013 with his first single Meri Dua 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), 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. His debut as a music composer for the Bollywood film 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.
In 2018, He founded LIVEwithMUSIC, an independent music academy where he takes classes on sound production. 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.
|2015||Salt Mango Tree||Yes||No|
|2017||Pretham Undu Sookshikkuka||Yes||Yes|
|2018||Angane Njanum Premichu||Yes||Yes|
|2019||Mohabbatin Kunjabdulla||Yes||No||2 songs|
|2021||Ole Kanda Naal||Yes||Yes|
|2021||Aanaparambile World Cup||Yes||No||1 song|
- Qadam Badha (2015)
|2009||Pattalam||Rohan Krishna||Jassie Gift||Film||Panivizhum Kaalama||Tamil|
|2011||Traffic||Rajesh Pillai||Mejo Joseph||Film||Kannerinjal||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||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 – Oru Vappichi Katha
- 2015 – Best Upcoming Music Composer of the Year – Mirchi Music Awards South – Salt Mango Tree
- 2016 – Best Singer – Ramu Kariat Award – Kattummel(Salt Mango Tree)
- 2017 – Promising Music Star Award- Asianet Yuva Award 2017, Doha Qatar
- "Sami Yusuf's latest discovery, Hesham Abdul Wahab, releases new album Qaddam Badha". The National Middle East.
- "Sami Yusuf's blessed life – The British singer on his latest peace project and move to Hollywood". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- "Hesham Wahab's music for 'Salt Mango Tree'". The Times of India.
- "Hesham Abdul Wahab – Qadam Badha". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "List of Malayalam Songs by Singers Hesham Abdul Wahab". MSIDB.org. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "It was my dream to become a composer: Hesham Abdul Wahab". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- "Sami Yusuf's latest discovery, Hesham Abdul Wahab, releases new album Qaddam Badha". The National.
- "Music is my first love: Hesham Abdul Wahab". Times of Oman. Times of Oman.
- "Meri Dua – Hesham Abdul Wahab (Official Music Video)". Offline Creations. Retrieved 24 February 2016 – via YouTube.
- "Album review: Qadam Badha". The National. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- "'Salt Mango Tree': Let them fly". Manorama Online. Manorama News.
- "Hesham to debut in Bollywood". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- "Malayala Manorama". Malayala Manorama.
- S, Gautham (27 February 2021). "Hesham marches to his own tune". The New Indian Express.
- Sidhardhan, Sanjith (22 February 2021). "Vineeth Sreenivasan writes, sings for Alphonse Puthren's composition Kathakal Chollidaam". Times of India.
- "Mothirakkallu". Apple Music.
- "Await | Hesham Abdul Wahab". Spotify. 25 May 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- "Yatra by Hesham Abdul Wahab feat. Arun Naik". Amazon Music.
- "List of Malayalam Songs by Singers Hesham+Abdul+Wahab". en.msidb.org.
- "Traffic Songs Download, Traffic Malayalam MP3 Songs, Raaga.com Malayalam Songs". www.raaga.com.
- "Ente Bharatham". Saavn.
- ""Oru Vappachi Katha" Short Film By Thamar" – via YouTube.
- "Upcoming Music composer of the year Archives".
- Menon, Anasuya (24 December 2016). "A space so Sufi" – via www.thehindu.com.