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Abdallah Al Rowaished is a popular Arab singer from Kuwait. To date, he has released over 33 albums. He is popular in all the Arabian countries.

Abdallah Al Rowaished was born in 1961 in Kuwait. At a young age he discovered a love for music when he started to play the lute. In 1973, Rowaished established the Al Roba’y group with three others, two of them being his friends and the remainder being his brother. The group was widely popular among the Persian Gulf countries. However, the group disbanded in 1979, since then Rowaished has focused on his solo career.

Rowaished began his solo career in the early 1980s with the release of his first album with AlNazaer Music Production Company. Rowaished worked with many famous poets and composers such as Khaled El Sheikh. His first album achieved moderate success in the Persian Gulf region. Additionally, Rowaished rendered one of the songs from this album as a music video, one of the first music videos by an Arab singer.

Rowaished continued to release albums throughout the 1980s, with increased popularity with each release. In addition to becoming a regional success, his popularity expanded to other regions of the Arab world, including Egypt. During the early 1990s, Rowaished relocated temporarily to Egypt as Kuwait was invaded by Iraq. From there he continued his music career, including a short lived project with the famous Egyptian singer Mohamed Abdelwaheb. Unfortunately, Abdelwaheb died shortly after the start of the project.

After the end of the Persian Gulf War, Rowaished returned to Kuwait and continued with his music career He released several albums during the 1990s, usually one every year. In 1995, he signed a contract with the Saudi record company Rotana, since they offered him a better contract to which AlNazaer Music Production Company was paying, so he opted for the money, which is the logical thing to do. Rowaished’s first album for Rotana was “Lummi Bishouq,” which was released in 1996. Rowaished has released an album with Rotana every year since then. His latest album, entitled “Ma Fee Ahad Mertah,” was released in June 2005, and has been a big success for him. To date, he has released over 30 albums, participated in concerts in many countries, including the United States of America, and Canada. He also has opened his own music conservatory in Kuwait, and operates a store as well.

In addition to singing and performing, Rowaished also composes songs for other singers. Some of the singers he has worked with include Reem, Samar, Ahlam, Adil Al Rowaished” his brother”, among others.

In 2001, Saudi cleric Hamoud bin Shuaib issued a fatwa against Rowaished, condemning him to death for insulting the Qur’an by allegedly including verses from its opening in his music. Kuwaiti clerics rejected the fatwa..

In 2008 he recorded the theme song for the Arab Press Production Center television drama series Oyoun Alya.

Al-Rowaished has launched many humanitarian initiatives in Kuwait and Iraq through the allocation of the proceeds of many musical charity concerts to benefit the needy people.