He was known of his Egyptian nationalist
and revolutionary songs like "Ya Masr tam El-Hanna" (Oh Egypt
, happiness is here), "Hay Ala El-Falah" (The call of duty
), "El Watan El Akbar
", "Masr Nadetna falbena El-nedaa" (Egypt has called us and indeed we answered the call), "Oulo le Masr" (Tell Egypt), "Hob El-watan Fard Alyi", "Sout El-Gamaheer", "Ya Nessmet El-Horria" (The breeze of Freedom
), "Sawae'd men Beladi".
Egyptian singer and composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab Statue at Bab El-Shariya square, Cairo
Mohamed Abdel Wahab was born in 1902 in Cairo
in a neighborhood called Bab El-Sheriyah, where there is now a statue of him. He began his singing career at an early age and made his first public performances at age seven at local productions. He was 13 when he made his first recording. Mohamed Abdel Wahab was a very close friend to compatriot singer Abdel Halim Hafez
Movie poster of the Egyptian film Mamnou'a el hub (1942).
In 1933, Abdel Wahab began composing his own style of Egyptian film
musical after visiting Paris and familiarizing himself with French musical film.
He introduced a lighthearted genre of musical film to Egyptian culture eventually composing eight musical comedies between 1933 and 1949. His films portrayed Western social elite and included music that veered off from the traditional Egyptian tune. He starred in his 1934 film The White Flower
which broke records in attendance and still plays frequently in Egyptian theaters. In 1950 Abdel Wahab left film to focus on being a more profound singer.
Contribution to Egyptian and Arabic music
Abdel Wahab composed more than 1820 songs.
Abdel Wahab is considered to be one of the most innovative Egyptian musicians of all time, laying the foundation for a new era of Egyptian music with his use of non-local rhythms and refined oud
Despite the fact that Abdel Wahab composed many songs and musical pieces of classical Arabic music, he was notably criticized for his orientation to Western music
. In fact, he introduced Western rhythms to Egyptian songs in a way appropriate to the known then very classical forms of Egyptian songs. For example, in 1941, he introduced a waltz
rhythm in his song "El Gandol," and, in 1957, he introduced a rock and roll
rhythm in Abdel Halim Hafez
's song "Ya Albi Ya Khali".
Abdel Wahab played oud
before the prominent Egyptian poet
, Ahmed Shawqi
, and acted in several movies. He composed ten songs for Umm Kulthum
. He was the first Egyptian singer to move from silent-era acting to singing.
Abdel Wahab also composed songs for the Lebanese icon Fairuz
whom he famously called "Our Ambassador to the Stars"
and stated in the 1950s that he was the leader of her fan club in Cairo.
Mohamed Abdel Wahab died in his hometown Cairo
, Egypt of a stroke on May 4, 1992.
Abdel Wahab was fundamental in establishing a new era of Egyptian music
in his homeland and across the Arab world. He also left a mark on the Western world by exposing Egyptian music to Western classical and popular traditions.
On March 13, 2012, Google celebrated his 110th birthday with a Google Doodle
- The White Rose (1933)
- Doumou' el Hub (Love's Tears) (1936)
- Yahya el Hub (Long Live Love) (1938)
- Yawm Sa'id (Happy Day) (1939)
- Mamnou'a el Hub (Love Is Forbidden) (1942)
- Rossassa Fel Qalb (A Bullet in the Heart) (1944)
- Lastu mallakan (I'm No Angel) (1947)
- Ghazal Al Banat (The Flirtation of Girls) (1949)
Egyptian national honours
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Selected Mohammed 'Abd al-Wahhab compositions from YouTube Web site:
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