FILE: Veteran Egyptian musician Omar Khairat
CAIRO- 27 December 2019: Veteran Egyptian musician Omar Khairat at Alula city in Saudi Arabia as part of Winter at Tantora Festival on December 27.
Winter at Tantora offers a number of diverse concerts to match every interest. The festival runs each weekend from December 19, 2019 until March 7, 2020.
Khairat performed two concerts at the Cairo Opera House on December 16, 17.
Khairat has recently performed at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on November 19. He also participated in the Arab Music Festival by performing at Cairo Opera House on November 9.
Additionally, Khairat performed at the closing ceremony of the Citadel Music Festival on September 1. The Citadel Music Festival kicked off on August 18 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.
Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French, and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.
Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.
Khairat performed an unforgettable concert at Al-Ula Saudi city, where he dazzled the attendees with his music as part of the Winter Tantoura Festival on January 11.
It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.
The Egyptian virtuoso musician also performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2018, in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.
The concert was also organized to boost tourism and spread awareness about Egyptian culture.
Omar Khairat composed the soundtrack of “El-Mamar” (The Passage), which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. The movie was released in Eid el-Fitr.