Abdelwahab Doukkali

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Abdelwahab Doukkali (2013)

Abdelwahab Doukkali (born 1 January 1941 in Fes, one of 13 children to a conservative family) is a Moroccan composer and performer. At the age of 18, in 1959, he went to Rabat, where he worked briefly at RTM (Radio Television Maroc),[1] but upon seeing his boredom, colleagues encouraged him to move to Casablanca where he first entered the music culture.[2] From 1959 to 1962 he pursued careers in both theatre and radio.[3] He toured Algeria in 1962, then left Morocco and settled in Cairo. During his three years in Egypt, he gained popularity outside North Africa, then returned to Morocco in 1965. Doukkali continued to write and perform music through the 1990s, including popularly acclaimed songs such as Kān yā mākān and Montparnasse. His works include songs in both Moroccan dialect as well as literary Arabic.[4] He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Mérite et Dévouement français in 2004, the Grand Prix Humanitaire de France in 2006, and medals from both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. His music has been featured in several films from Morocco.[5]

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Filmography[edit]

  • Vaincre pour Vivre (Life is a Struggle), 1968, 105 min, B&W, 35mm [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fomny : Voir Les chaines TV & radio Marocaines Maroc direct en ligne شاهد القنوات والاذاعات المغربية بث حي مباشر". FOMNY TV (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Abdelwahab Doukkali Biographie de Abdelwahab Doukkali - Portrait" (in French). Greatsong.net. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Fuson, Timothy D. "Doukkali, Abdelwahab". Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Fuson, Timothy D. "Doukkali, Abdelwahab". Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Oliver Leaman (August 23, 2001). Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film. Taylor & Francis. 
  6. ^ Carter, Sandra Gayle (August 16, 2009). What Moroccan Cinema?: A Historical and Critical Study. Lexington Books. p. 72. 


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