Baligh Hamdi

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Baligh Hamdi ca. 1970

Baligh Hamdi (بليغ حمدي) (October 7, 1932 – September 17, 1993) was an Egyptian composer who created hit songs for many prominent Arabic singers, especially during the 1960s and 1970s.

Early years[edit]

Born Baligh Abdel Hamid Hamdi Morsi on October 7, 1932 Shubra district of Cairo. His father was a professor of physics at King Fuad I University (now Cairo University). He learned to play the violin at age nine, and the oud two or three years later. He took music lessons with a variety of teachers throughout childhood and teenage years. He became a professional musician in 1954 at age 22. Immediately prior to that, he had been a law student, and he chose to not complete the studies for the law degree.

He started his musician career as singer. But very soon he turned to composing, and his compositions got good acceptance in the mid-1950s. In the late 1950s, the then-famous Oum Kalthoum sang his composition El Hob Eih and it was a hit. Some other of Baligh Hamdi's early compositional successes include "Why no", sung by Faydah Kamel, the song "Ma Thbinish Be Al Shakl Dah (Don't love me like that)" by Fayza Ahmed and the song "Tkhounoh ([How do you] Betray [my heart])" by Abdel Halim Hafez. For the next two decades he was one of the most popular, successful, and productive composers in the Arab world.

Contribution to Arab music[edit]

Baligh Hamdi frequently said that he drew upon musical ideas and aesthetics in Egyptian folk melodies and rhythms in composing his songs. He also drew on ideas that were floating around in the contemporary music of his time. His sound has a classical flavor due to the heavy use of the string orchestra. But he also made some use of electronic keyboards and guitars in harmony with the strings, or alternating with the strings, in many songs.

His best work is published as recordings under the name of the singer. The singers include Oum Kalthoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Shadia, Layla Murad, Fayza Ahmed, Warda (he was married to Warda for about a decade), Sabah (Sabah married seven times, and he was one of her husbands), and other singers.

Songs composed[edit]

  • Hob Ayeh, words written by Abdul Wahab Mohammed (1960)
  • Ansak Ya Salam, words written by Mamoun Shanawi (1961)
  • Zalamna El Hob, words written by Abdul Wahab Mohammed (1961)
  • Syret El Hob of words, words written by Morsy Gameel Aziz (1964)
  • Kol Lilah We Kol Youm, words written by Mamoun Shanawi (1964)
  • Rise people and the spirit and conscience, words written by Abdul Wahab Mohammed (1962)
  • the transfer of the Nile, words written by Abdul Wahab Mohammed (1962)
  • Bied Anak, words written by Mamoun Shanawi (1965)
  • Ena Fedayeen, words written by Abdel Fattah Mustafa (1967)
  • Fat El Me'ad, words written by Morsy Gameel Aziz (1967)
  • Alf Lielah Wa Leilah, words written by Morsy Gameel Aziz (1969)
  • El Hob Kolloh, words written by Ahmed Shafiq Kamel (1970)
  • Hakam Alina El Howa, words written by Abdel Wahab Mohamed (1973)

Presented to Abdel Halim Hafez some of the finest music since the end of the sixties and even the mid-seventies of them (Gana El Howa/ El Toba / Mououd / Sawah / Tkhounoh / Habibaty Man Takon / Maddah El Kamar / Zay El Howa / Hawel Teftikerni / Ay demat Hozn / Ada El Nahar / Fedai / Ash Elly Kal).

Presented to singer Warda Al-Jazairia, including the Ghent (Khaleek Hena / Low Salok / Black Eyes / Mali / Dandanah / Ashtrony / Hekaity ma el zaman).

Baligh Hamdi contributed in one way or another the development and revival of the musical theater provided most of the work: Operetta "Egypt Bride," and the operetta "Tmarahnp", "Yassin, I have," also wrote several songs, including: (Love that was - I Bahqk of Mayada Al Henawy), and "Bawadaak" rose to as defined by discovering many of the singers and the singers, especially from Arab countries.

Hamdi eloquent cooperation with Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi and Mohamed Rushdie introduced in the early sixties with all types of Egyptian folklore providing a set number of songs together, including (Adaweya / Baladiat / Wasai Llnoor), also provid to Mohammed Rushdie others (METI Ashofak/Ala el Ramla / Moghram Sabiah/ Tayer Ya-hwa).

He was the discoverer of Afaf Radi.

He produced music for many films, plays and television soap operas and radio mention the film (Something of Fear / Sons of Silence / Old Time / Ah Ya Leil Ya Zaman / City Lights) and dramas (RIA and tranquility / Almedk Alley) and sitcoms (gate-Halawani ).

He was one of the most frequent composer for songs for Egypt and his love to it, even he sang some of it personally (Uday El Nahar / El Bondokia Atkelmt / Law Aadit / Abarna El Hazimah / Fedai / Besm El Lah / Ya Habibty Ya Masr / Ash Elly Kal ).

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