Hakim in his concerts-File Photo
CAIRO- 18 September 2017: The famous Egyptian singer Hakim is currently on a European tour to perform eight concerts. Hakim already performed two concerts, the first was in Barcelona and the second was in Lyon Le Transbordeur which is a big concert hall located in Villeurbanne, France.
Hakim will perform a concert in Amsterdam on September 21, followed by another one on Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23. He is the third Egyptian singer to sing on that prominent theatre after the great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.
The rest of his concerts include a concert in Roubaix at La Syndicate Public Rubidium theatre on September 24, a concert on September 28 at Toulouse Le Phare Theater, a concert in Marseille at Le Moulin theatre on September 29 and a concert in Montpellier on September 30 at Zenith theatre.
Hakim previously held a press conference on Saturday, August 9 to reveal all the details of his European tour. He pointed out during the conference that he decided to use this tour to promote tourism in Egypt using art, as an attempt to solve the current crisis.
The conference was attended by the great singer and composer Hamid al-Shaari and Hesham al- Demiry, the head of the Tourism Promotion Authority. Hakim said that he has seen in his concerts abroad over the past years many stars promoting their countries, so he decided to follow in their footsteps. He added that he is proud to serve Egyptian tourism through his work to introduce Egyptian folk art to the whole world to get to know Egyptians more.
Hakim admitted that for nearly 20 years he tried to promote Egypt in all his concerts abroad but nobody supported him, until the opportunity came when Demiry responded to his demand and started to support him.
Hakim is a very popular “Sha’abi” [folk] singer in Egypt. In the capital of Cairo during the nineties, and with the help of Shaari, he released his first album, “Nazra,” on the Slam Records label in 1992. The success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released a new album in 1994, “Nar,” which represented Egypt at the Festival des Allumées in Nantes the same year, and obtained a nomination at the Kora Awards in 1997.
The singer paired with Narada Michael and Olga Tañon in 2002, James Brown in 2004 and Don Omar in 2007. He is one of the most prominent representatives of Jeel or Gil music, a synthesis of Sha'abi and Western influences.