Ali El Haggar

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Ali El Haggar (Arabic,علي الحجار, born April 4, 1954) is an Egyptian singer and actor.[1][2]

Collaborations[edit]

El-Haggar works with famous composers and lyricists as well as with other singers in duets whenever possible. "In duets I like to deal with talented singers; as competing with clever singers motivates me to explore my capabilities to execute the song in the best distinguished manner". During his career El-Haggar has performed a number of duets with singers such as his career companion Mohammed El-Helw, in songs such as "Beladi" and "Khan El-Anadeel" (the opening and closing of a TV serial carrying the same name), with Hanan Mady in many television serial songs like "El-Likaa El-Tany & El-Mal we El-Banoon", with Angham in the play "Rosasa Fi El Qalb", and with Hoda Ammar in "Bent we Walad" from the movie Eskendereyya New York.

Another important phase in El-Haggar's professional life was his first collaboration with his brother, the composer and singer Ahmed El-Haggar. This was in 1978 when Ahmed El-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny". The success that this song achieved sparked El-Haggar's singing career. The El-Haggar brothers have co-operated in many other songs, Ahmed El-Haggar as composer and Ali El-Haggar as lyricist. Among these songs are: "Bahebek", "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama El-Sheta Edo’o El-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily", "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "Ya Masria".

Political songs[edit]

In 1990, Ali El-Haggar was about to release an album of romantic songs when the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait took place. El-Haggar postponed it for a later time and instead released another album Lem El-Shaml, political songs which reflected vents happening at the time. El-Haggar has a repertoire of political songs that reflect his political concerns — for example "Hona El-Kahira", "Ya Masry", and "El-Moot Ala El-Asfalt", a collection of poems written by the poet Abdel-Rahman El-Abnoody describing the violence in Palestine. Recently El-Haggar sang "Lobnan" as a reaction to the attacks that took place in Lebanon.

Throughout his career El-Haggar has said: “My main goal is to present art that lasts after my departure not gets forgotten while I am alive”. He has collaborated with artists such as Baligh Hamdy, Ammar El-Sherei, Yasser Abdel-Rahman, Omar Khairat, Ahmed El-Haggar, Amir Abdel-Migeed, Riad El-Hamshry, Gamal Attia, Khalil Mostafa, and others. He has also collaborated with lyricist like Abdel-Rahman El-Abnody, Sayed Higab, Ahmed Foad Negm, Foad Haddad, Abdel-Rehim Mansoor, Gamal Bekheet, Bahaa Jaheen, Essam Abd-Allah, Hany Shahata, Ibrahim Abdel-Fattah, and others.

El-Haggar has also performed older songs from past generations of musicians such as "Gafnoho Alam El-Ghazal & Saherto" by Mohammed Abdel-Wahab, "Dary El-Oion & Rah Tewhashiny" by Mohammed Fawzy, and "El-Hob Gamil" by Laila Morad. When asked why he likes to sing old songs already sung by old singers he responded: “I want the contemporary generation who do not know much about old music to get more acquainted to it; that’s why I reperform old songs that I personally like most, but in a modern modified way that makes these songs come closer to the current youth generation keeping the spirit of the original piece of music".

Awards[edit]

El-Haggar was awarded a prize of honor in the 15th Arabic Music Festival for the year 2006 as well as two prizes from two different European theatre festivals in both Germany and Italy.[clarification needed] He also received "Best Singer of the Year" in a Sharm El-Sheikh video clip festival for his song "El-Leil Ya Nas".

Works[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Ala ad ma Habaina
  • Kont fain ya Ali (for children)
  • Robaeyat “Salah Jaheen”
  • Mehtajlek
  • Ozoreeni
  • El Ahlam
  • Matsadaqish
  • Fi Alb El Lail
  • Ana kont Eidek
  • Zay El Hawa
  • Lem El Shaml
  • Tegeesh Naeesh
  • Rama Remsho
  • Lessa El Kalam
  • Risha
  • Yamama
  • Maktobali
  • Es-ha Ya Nayer

Television themes[edit]

  • Al Ayaam
  • El Shahd Wa El Domooa
  • Ala Abwab El Madina
  • Wa Qal Al Bahr
  • Al Mashrabeyya
  • Abdullah Al Nadim
  • El lel W Akhro
  • Haroon El Rashid
  • Omar Ebn Abdel Aziz
  • Mohammad Rasool Allah
  • Wajaa Al Baad
  • Al sira Al Helaleyya
  • Hadaek Al Shaytan
  • Zeaab El Gabal
  • Al Mal wal Banoun
  • Al Leqaa Al Thani

Television series – singing and acting[edit]

  • Yaseen we Baheyya
  • Abul El Ela Elbeshry
  • Al Baqy men Al zaman sa3a
  • Al wakf
  • Resala khatera
  • Bawabat El Halawani
  • Al Awda
  • Robaeyyat Salah Jaheen

Movies[edit]

  • Al Meghnawati
  • Anyab
  • Al Fata Al Shereer

Plays[edit]

  • Laila men alf laila
  • Zabaaen Gohannam
  • Nawwar Al Khair
  • Welad El Shawarea
  • Menain ageeb nas
  • Eyal Teganen
  • Atnain fi offa
  • Alahomma Egaalo khair
  • Rosasa Fi Al Qalb
  • Khayef Aqool Elly Fi Qalby
  • Yamama Beida

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Surour at Hanager". Al-Ahram. 22 January 2003. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pack of Cards". Al-Ahram. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2010.