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"Mohammed Abdel Wahab"

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Mohammed Abdel Wahab was the most prolific Arab composer of his time,
responsible for more than a thousand songs. He personally sang hundreds
of songs. For his orchestration of the Egyptian national anthem, late
President Anwar El-Sadat awarded him the Rank of General.
Wahab was born in 1907 in Cairo. He made his first recording at the age
of 13. In 1924, he was sponsored by Ahmed Shawky, then known as the
Prince of Poets.
In the late 1920s, Abdel Wahab composed traditional melodies, well suited to Shawky's texts.

In 1926, it fell to Abdel Wahab to complete a musical left unfinished
by the late Sayed Darwish, a great composer of the previous generation.
The musical centered on Antony and Cleopatra, and Abdel Wahab himself
played Antony. After visiting Paris and familiarizing
himself with French music, Abdel Wahab invented the Arabic film
musical. To a popular culture in which romantic love was commonly
associated with suffering, Abdel Wahab introduced a romantic hero of
light-hearted wit and urban sophistication. His films portrayed
westernized social elite and featured music that broke away from
tradition. Fellow composers noted that the music was simplistic compared
with Abdel Wahab's previous work, and Abdel Wahab used lip-synching
rather than the improvisation on which Arabic music had traditionally
relied; but audiences loved it. The film "The White Rose" was a
phenomenon, breaking box office records. Abdel Wahab
enjoyed introducing new female singers to the public through his movies;
many became stars, including the great Layla Mourad, who would go on to
produce her own films.
Musically, his films continued
controversial, as he began to feature large orchestras with admixtures
of Western instruments. Into his art, he hybridized Western song forms
such as the tango, samba, and rhumba. In the 1950s,
Abdel Wahab gave up acting and concentrated on his last recordings as a
singer, assuming a new and more serious musical style.
In the
1960s, he stopped singing, but he continued composing for other singers.
It was in 1964 that after years of rivalry at the top of their
profession Umm Kulthoum released a record of his "Enta Omry" or (You are
my lifetime) written for her to a text by the poet Ahmad Shafik Kamel.

For many years, Abdel Wahab appeared very little in public, but his
popularity never faded. In 1988, at the age of 81, he made a surprise
return to the studio, singing a new composition, and despite lyrics that
seemed unacceptably iconoclastic to some radicals, the disk sold two
million copies. His works
Lastu malakan (1947) I'm No Angel
Russassa fil Kalb (1944) A Bullet in the Heart, Mamnou'a el Hub (1942)
Love Is Forbidden, Yom saeed (1940) A Happy Day, Yahya el Hub (1938)
Long Live Love, Doumou' el Hub (1936) Love's Tears (1934) The White Rose. Songs
Majnoon Layla. (Crazy about Layla)
Al Qamh (The Wheat)
Kilobatra (Cleopatra)
Algondool (La Gondola)
Al Neel (The Nile)
Al Nahr Al Khalid (The Immortal River)
Dijla (The River Tigress)
Makadeeru Min Jafnayki (Love poem by prominent 9th Century Iraqi Poet Safayuldeen Al Hilli)
Al Fan (The Fine Arts)
Ya Waboor (The Train)
Indama Ya'ti Almasaa (When The Evening Comes)
A'shik Al Rooh (The Platonic Lover)
Balak Ma'a Meen (Whom Do you Think of)
Balash Tiboosni.(Don't Kiss Me)
La Takthibi.(Don't Lie)
Al Siba Wal Jamal (Love poem by prominent 20th century Egyptian Poet Ahmed Shawqi)
Jafnuho Allama Alghazal (Love poem by prominent 20th century Lebanese Poet Bishara Alkhouri)
Illeel Lama Khili
Bileel Ya Roohi
Sa'it Mabashoofak Ganbi
Ooli Aamallak Eeh Albi (Tell Me What My Heart Did To You)
Hamsa Ha'rah
Hakeem Uyoon
Amana Ya Leel
Fil Bahr. (In the Sea) Ana Wil Athaab We Hawak (Me, Torture, and Your Love) He was the first musician in the Arab world to obtain the Platinum Disc. He died on May 4, 1991.

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