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The Truth behind Shaaban Abdel Rahim’s circulated photo

Friday 12/October/2018 - 11:30 AM
Shaaban Abdel Rahim
Shaaban Abdel Rahim
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

A debate was raised lately on the social media after users circulated a photo of popular singer، Shaaban Abdel Rahim، from inside an ICU room in a hospital، which coincidence with the star current stay in a hospital after he suffered on October 8 from shortness of breath.

The users claim that the photo is from inside his current hospital room and shows his current health condition، but the truth behind Shaaban’s photo dates back to 2014، which is a screenshot from a YouTube video that combines old pictures of Shaaban from his stay in a hospital.

The popular singer had suffered from shortness of breath after he returned from Syria، and was admitted to a hospital to receive medical treatment، and is due to leave the hospital during the next few days.

Noteworthy، Shaaban Abdel Rahim، also known as Shaabola is an Egyptian pop (Sha'abi) singer، who is known for his catchy songs with political lyrics.

He was born in Cairo، Egypt and worked for many years in poverty as a foot-operated laundry presser before his songs catapulted him into stardom. Following a string of sensationalist hits، Abdel Rahīm is now one of the most popular Egyptian sha'bī singers.

In 2000، Shaaban's breakthrough song "Ana Bakrah Israel" (I Hate Israel) accompanied by the catchy refrain "But I Love Amr Moussa"، caused a great deal of controversy، and many were surprised that it passed Egyptian censors.


Many of Shaaban's songs were sold informally on cheaply processed cassette tapes. His poor background، informal language، and frank lyrics have made him very popular with the Egyptian public.


Since then، Shaaban has continued to produce popular political songs، often quickly following current events. After the September 11، 2001 attacks، he produced a song entitled "Yā 'Amm 'Arabī" (Oh Arab People)" meaning "Hey Arabs"). His song "Bin Bin Bin Bin Laden" was on the Egyptian airwaves before startled state censors banned it. He got back at the top of the Arab hit parade with "The Attack on Iraq" "Don't Bomb Iraq".


In 2005، a song about the Muhammed cartoon controversy entitled "We’re All Out of Patience"، and in 2006 a song about the 2006 Israeli-Lebanon conflict.

Islam Khalil، the songwriter and an Arabic teacher at an elementary school in Qalyubia who came up with songs "I hate Israel"، "Bombing Iraq" and other politically contentious songs sung by the performer.

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