Omar Khairat - Egypt Today
CAIRO – 17 March 2018: Veteran Egyptian musician Omar Khairat will perform a concert at the American University in Cairo’s amphitheater, entitled “El Zaman el Gamil” (The Golden Era), on March 30.
“Join us on March 30, to fill your heart with joy after remembering our old beautiful music and the dazzling melodies,” stated AUC’s management on the event’s Facebook page.
The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.
Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They specialized in 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, classical European, 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.
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.