Abdel Halim Hafez

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Abdel Halim Hafez

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Abdel Halim Hafez is an Egyptian artist born in 1929. His artistic abilities were first noticed when he was a student in the primary school. At the age of 11, he joined the Arabic Music Institute in Cairo and became known for singing the songs of Mohamed Abdel Wahab. In 1948, he graduated from the Higher Theatrical Music Institute as an oboe player.

His career took a new direction when in 1953 he was drafted as a last-minute substitute for the singer Karem Mahmoud when the latter was not able to perform live on radio. His performance, then, was highly appreciated. Hafez Abdel Wahab, the supervisor of the musical programming of the Egyptian National Radio, decided to support the unknown singer. Later on, Abdel Halim Hafez’s songs became very popular and he became very famous.

He started performing in full arenas and stadiums. He also starred in many Egyptian movies, in which he was both acting and singing. In 1955, he played in four movies: “Lahn Al Wafaa”, “Ayamna El Holwa”, “Layali El Hob”, and “Ayam Wa Layali”. Abdel Halim went on to become one of the most popular singers and actors of his generation. He is considered one of the four greats of Egyptian and Arabic music, along with Oum Kalthoum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Farid El Atrache.

He collaborated with famous Arab composers such as: Mohamed Elmogy, Baligh Hamdi, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Kamel Etawil. He also performed texts by the great Syrian poet “Nizar Qabbani”. After the 1967 war he performed in front of 8 thousand people in the Albert Hall in London. The concert was one of the most important concerts in his life.

In 1940, he got the “Bilharziasis”; a parasitic infection after bathing in the “Nile” River. In 1955, the disease started to affect him seriously. He died in 1977 in King College Hospital of London. Thousands of persons attended his funeral in Cairo. It was one of the biggest funerals in Egypt after those of President Gamal Abdel Nasser and the singer “Oum Kalthoum”.

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