Abdel Halim Hafez honoured with a Dubai Star30 Sep 2019
Born in El-Halawat, in El Shaqria, Abdel Halim Hafez joined the Higher Theatrical Music Institute at the age of 14. Considered as one of the greatest Egyptian musicians, Halim gained popularity and was given the nickname 'el-Andaleeb el-Asmar’ meaning The Dark-Skinned Nightingale. Initially shunned for his raw, romantic “crooning” style of singing, Halim attracted huge popularity with his patriotic songs at the time of Egyptian independence due to their nationalistic attitude and fervour. Halim was also a renowned actor, movie producer, and music teacher. Having more than 300 recordings, Halim went on to establish his own recording company in 1961 called Soutelphan, which still operates as a subsidiary of EMI Arabia. He also performed in 15 Egyptian films between 1955 and 1969.