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What doesn’t the Egyptian star Amr Diab understand? Answers Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Arabic Language, Culture

Marhaba! I hope you found the article in the previous post interesting and useful. I am confident you have all worked hard to answer the questions. After presenting you with the answers and the translation of some key words, I have added the full movie “Ice Cream in Glym” in form of a YouTube video in which Amr Diab is the leading and main actor. Also, given the fact I know you all love Amr Diab’s famous song Tamally Ma’ak (Always with You), I have added a YouTube video of the song performed live by Amr Diab in Dubai in 2004. Enjoy!


Answer of the Questions:

1. قلّل النجم المصري من أهمية أغنيته الشهيرة في فيلم «آيس كريم في جليم» خلال حفلة أقامها في دبي العام الماضي، معدّلاً في كلماتها.

The Egyptian star disrespected his famous song from the movie “Ice Cream in Glym” during a concert he held in Dubai last year by altering some of the song’s words

2. تتطرّق الأغنية إلى المجتمع المصري تحت تأثيرات «الانفتاح» الاقتصادي، فيما تبدو مناسبة لسينما كمشهد عريض يتناول ـــ بكلمات بسيطة ـــ مفردات النسيج المصري بشوارعه وزحامه وفقرائه وأطفاله وباعته الجوالين «الغلابة» ورجال الـ«بيزنس»

The song deals with the Egyptian society and the effects of an ‘open’ economy on it. In the cinematic movie it fits into a broad scene that reveals, in simple terms, the vocabulary of the Egyptian texture with its streets, its traffic, its paupers, its children, its peddlers and its businessmen

3. يعتبر اسم الأغنية إسقاطاً على إحدى كلاسيكيات السينما المصرية وهو فيلم المخرج نيازي مصطفى «رصيف نمرة خمسة» (1956)

The name of the song is a critical take on one of the classics of the Egyptian cinema, the film “Pier no. 5” of 1956 directed by Nayazi Mustafa

4. قدم دياب للأغنية بأنّها ذات الكلمات غير المفهومة.

Amr Diab said that the song has words that are incomprehensible, hard to understand

5. في فيلم «آيس كريم في جليم»، يرفض المغني المغمور سيف (عمرو دياب) أنّ يغني المزيد من أعمال الشاعر نور، لأنّه يريد أن يغني كلمات تعبّر عنه كشاب، بدلاً من «الحاجات اللي مش فاهمينها». المفاجأة، كما ظهرت في حفلة دبي، تكمن في أنّ موقف «المغني سيف» لم يكن موقف الشخصية فحسب، بل موقف عمرو نفسه.

In the film “Ice Cream in Glym”, the arrogant singer Seif (played by Amr Diab) refuses to sing any of the works of the poet Nour, because he wants to sing lyrics that speak more to his youth instead of “things he could not understand”. The surprise, as revealed in the Dubai concert, is that the position taken by the singer Seif was not only the position of the character itself, but also that of Amr himself

Translation of the sentence into English

Amr’s ridicule of his song is reminiscent of similar positions for other artists.

Translation of key words:

السينما الغنائية المصرية – the Egyptian musical cinema


كاتب السيناريو والحوار—script writer

المجتمع الاستهلاكي – consumer society

الجمهور – audience

سخرية – ridicule



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Have a nice day!

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