Mohammed Jabr Assaf was born on 1, September 1989 in Misrata Libya. He lived there until he was 4 years old, when his parents moved back to Gaza, he grew up in Khan Younis refugee camp to a middle class couple where he attended UNRWA elementary school. His parents recognized his musical talents at an early age, and provided support and assistance for his singing career.
Mohammed Assaf began singing at age 5. He was discovered by the Palestinian composer Jamal Al Najjar when he was 11 years old when Assaf called Al Najjar's TV show, and sang for him on air.Al Najjar will go on to write the song “Ally Al Kufiyyeh” which is Assaf's most popular song ,it is considered like a national anthem for Palestinians everywhere.
Mohammed’s meeting with the composer Yasser Omar is a turning point in his musical career. Omar’s tunes helped shape Mohammed’s Assaf artistic character. He composed a number of popular songs for Assaf , like “Ya wleedy” , “Wallah al Zaman Dawar”.
In the summer of 2012, Mohammed Assaf attended the first auditions of Arab idol season 2 in Cairo, Egypt, he had to overcome many obstacles in order to attend the auditions. He had to jump the fence in order to get into the location, once there, he found all the audition numbers gone. Assaf began singing, a fellow Palestinian hopeful heard him and asked him about his story , and he offered his audition number to Mohammed Assaf.
Mohammed Assaf journey in Arab Idol season 2, was a historical one. His amazing voice combined with his stage presence and charisma helped make him one of the most popular contestants on the show, and made the program one of the highest rated programs on MBC and in the Arab world. He performed songs from all kinds of musical genres, from old classics to Jabali songs to pop hits, and proved his versatility and unprecedented talent.
On 22, June 2013, Mohammed Assaf was declared the winner of the Arab Idol contest, and that triggered a wave of celebration throughout Palestine and the Arab world. His win was covered extensively in the international press.
He released his first single “Ya hal Arab” in August 2013, an d is currently working on his debut album, which will consist of 10 songs. The biggest names in the Arabic music industry will contribute to Assaf ’Album.