Fragment from a promotional material [photo: Cairo Opera House]
CAIRO – 12 September 2017: Cairo Opera House will pay a tribute to Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdy on September 15 at the Great Hall.
The Abdel Halim Nowera Orchestra conducted by Salah Ghobashy will perform a number of Baligh’s remarkable compositions such as “Tayer ya Hawa”, “Daar ya Daar”, “Bawabet El Halawany” and “Om El Sabreen”.
A number of singers will be featured in the event such as Ibrahim Rashed, Hany Amer, and Amira Ahmed.
Late composer Baligh Hamdy (Photo courtesy of Cairo Opera House)
Hamdy was born on October 7, 1931. He mastered playing the oud at the age of 9 and he attended the Arab Music Institute.
He started his musical career as a singer, and he recorded four songs for the Egyptian Radio before he directed to composing in 1957.
After introducing his first composition for Abdel Halim Hafez’s “Tokhonoh”, Hamdy became one of the shining composers in the Egyptian musical scene.
Light and attractive Egyptian sounds carrying different religious and national riffs, along with creating compounded melodies are the main characteristics of Hamdy’s compositions, a number of critics and artists called him the king of sorrowful music.
Hamdy cooperated with the greatest Egyptian song icons such as Om Kalthom, Abdel Halim Hafez, Warda, Fayza Ahmed, Latifa, Hany Shaker and Ali El Haggar.