Charley Breaka

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Born (1992-09-16) September 16, 1992 (age 31)
Cairo, Egypt
Other namesCHB
  • B-Boy
  • DJ
  • Entrepreneur
Years active2007-present

Charley Breaka is a competitive B-Boy, DJ and Entrepreneur from Cairo, Egypt. He is known for battling and judging top tier Breaking events such as Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Finals, World of Dance, Turfinc, Freestyle Session and More. He is now residing in San Diego, CA. He starred at the Red Bull produced documentary Handstand: Breaking Boundaries in 2014. His style of Breaking is primarily focused on Toprocks, Footwork (dance) and Tricks.[1][2]

Personal Life

Born as Mahmoud Elshamy known as Charley Breaka. He was born in Cairo, Egypt. He has a B.A. in Film from the American University in Cairo. His father is his main inspiration, he is a professor in Applied Arts. He always encouraged him to do what he loves.[3]

Dance Career

He began dancing at the age of 10 after watching a music video for Bomfunk Mc's called Up Rocking Beats as well as the movie You Got Served.[4] He formed and joined many crews that helped build the Egyptian Hip-Hop Scene such as Bronx 2 Cairo (2013), Swaggers Crew (2009), Ups N Downs Cru (2009), Black Bulletz (2006).[5] He played a big role in making Red Bull Egypt start hosting Red Bull BC One Egypt Cypher. He competed in 4 BC One Cyphers (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) and Judged 2 (2014-2016). He represented Egypt in Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Finals|Red Bull BC One MEA Qualifier 2013. He hosted a lot of Jams and Cyphers such as Hiphop Edutainment Night and Breaks N Stuff.[6][7]


2014: Handstand: Breaking Boundaries

Breaka took part in the documentary as himself, alongside B-Boy Klash and others. As it digs deep in each of the main character's personal lives, the movie is discussing struggles and goals of the Egyptian Breaking scene. The documentary attracted a lot of local and international attention when it was released. It was produced by Red Bull and directed by Ahmad Abdalla.[8][9][10][11]


  1. Staff Writer (February 13, 2014). "Egypt's B-Boys in Battle Royale". Cairo Scene. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  2. Digital Journal (July 13, 2021). "Charley Breaka from Top Tier Breaking Events to the Olympics". GetNews. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  3. Daily News Egypt (September 5, 2013). "Egyptian B-Boy competes in international competition". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  4. Mourad Awad (July 3, 2019). "Breakdancing in Egypt — A Scene That is Blossoming but Still Hasn't Sprouted". medium. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  5. Staff Writer (August 30, 2018). "WINDMILLS AND HEADSPINS: THE LACK OF A REAL BREAKDANCING SCENE IN CAIRO". Cairo Scene. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  6. Red Bull (July 16, 2017). "For the 3rd time:Egypt's Number 1 B-Boy is "Klash"". Red Bull. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  7. SD Voyager (August 8, 2021). "Conversations with Charley Breaka". SD Voyager. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  8. Red Bull (July 16, 2017). "HANDSTAND: BREAKING BOUNDARIES". Red Bull. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  9. Red Bull BC One (July 16, 2017). "H倒立handstand:埃及breaking紀錄片真實上映". Red Bull. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  10. Mex One (April 14, 2014). "HANDSTAND: BREAKING BOUNDARIES". The Bboy Spot. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  11. May El Khishen (June 9, 2014). "Film Review: Dare To Make A 'Handstand'?". scoop empire. Retrieved August 21, 2021.

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