Bahjat Etorjman (born 24 June 1995) is a Libyan singer and songwriter. He grew up in Tripoli, the capital of Libya before moving to Malta during the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011. In the fall of 2017, Bahjat attended Musikmakarna, a pop music academy in the north of Sweden. Shortly after, Bahjat moved to Stockholm where he still is today making music. He is best known for his songs "Istanbul", "Hometown Smile" and "Halba".
With over 22,5 million on-demand streams and 70 million+ collective views on YouTube, Bahjat is already one of the most successful Libyan music artists in history. His self-made success story has earned him appearances on high-profile platforms such as BBC Arabic, Aftonbladet, Al Arabiya, The National, and The Times of Malta.
Bahjat released his first single "Stand Tall" in Malta in 2015, followed by "Talk To Me" (2016), a song that topped the Maltese charts after a month. After appearing on a Nightcore YouTube channel, Bahjat's "Hometown Smile" (2017) went viral within the community, accumulating over 65 million views on YouTube, and pushing the song to over 5 million streams on Spotify.
Following his debut EP, "3:11 am" (2017), Bahjat released the singles "Do you remember me?" (2018) and "What We Were" (2019) with both singles finding support from Spotify editorial playlists such as Fresh Finds & New Music Friday. In September 2019 Bahjat released “Istanbul”, marking the mix of Arabic and English as his signature style. “Istanbul” became one of his two most streamed songs in the Arab world in 2019.
Bahjat's release “Halba" (English: “Too Much”) in April 2020, was another stepping stone for the young artist - elevating his career to new heights. Upon release, the song instantly sky-rocketed to the top 5 of Anghami's international pop chart, and Spotify Arabia celebrated its release by inviting Bahjat to take over their official Instagram account.
Just a few months later, Bahjat released his first solo Arabic track, “Yjeek Youm” (English: “a day will come for you”). Prior to “Yjeek Youm”, Bahjat's only song in Arabic was his 2019 collaboration with Egyptian DJ/Producer Hassan El Shafei, titled “Galbek Ween”, which became the most streamed Libyan song on Anghami and one of the biggest hits of the Arab world on Spotify in 2019 with 3,5 million streams.
In early summer, Bahjat teamed up with Deezer to remake 2002's iconic “Youm Wara Youm” for the “Home Sessions” compilation. “Youm Wara Youm” is originally sung by the Moroccan artist Samira Said and Algerian artist Cheb Mami which became one of the most successful Arabic songs in history.
For his November release, “You Got That (Hometown Smile)”, Bahjat partnered with Sweden-based crowdfunding platform Corite(founded by Universal Music alumnus). The song was released as a tribute to Bahjat's own song “Hometown Smile” and its widespread message of finding home in a smile of the loved one.