On September 28, a car accident resulted in the death of Ahmed Alshaiba, a Yemini musician. He was 32. Although his brother Ali Shibah verified his death in New York State, he gave no other information on the funeral plans or any other current family gatherings.
Ahmed’s demise has shocked and devastated his friends and family, who have sent their condolences and tributes to him on social media.
Born and reared in Yemen, Ahmed Alshaiba is a self-taught player. According to the bio on his YouTube channel, which has more than 120,000 subscribers and some videos with more than 1 million views, “I play a blend between the eastern-style and western-style.”
Using the oud to perform covers of songs like Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and the “Game of Thrones” theme song has made a musician from New York a social media star. In Egypt, where he lived for nearly a year, Alshaiba gave his debut concert that year. According to his Facebook page, he performed in front of crowds that included Hillary Clinton, Recep Tayyi Erdogan, the president of Turkey, and the president of Yemen.
Alshaiba has resided in the United States since 2012, where the new president, Donald Trump, has implemented strong policies against refugees and undocumented immigrants while attempting to impose a travel ban on citizens of seven nations with a majority of Muslims, including Yemen.
He claimed to be a fan of the works of renowned Turkish oud player Yurdal Tokcan and that the oud Alshaiba plays were created in Turkey.
Alshaiba started uploading YouTube videos to teach others how to play the oud after relocating to New York. Later, he posted videos of himself covering Western music and movie themes.
He performs covers and has fans in Germany and Brazil. He plays the guitar and tambourine. Adele’s “Hello,” Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” and songs from the soundtracks to “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “The Hobbit” are just a few of the songs he has covered.