Omar Khairat - Egypt Today.
CAIRO – 5 November 2018: Renowned Egyptian musician Omar Khairat will perform on November 5 at Cairo Opera House as part of the 27th edition of the Arab Music Festival.
The veteran 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 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.
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.
On November 1, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated one of the most significant music festivals in the Arab World, the Arab Music Festival, in Cairo Opera House's Grand Hall.
The Arab Music Festival will run until Nov. 12. The festival will be attended by a large number of the Arab World's singing stars.
One of the main surprises of the festival is the participation of veteran Lebanese singer and soprano Majida el-Roumi, after a long hiatus of performing concerts in Egypt.
Within the festival’s program, Tunisian singer Latifa performed on Nov. 2, Lebanese singer Assi el-Hallani performed on Nov. 3, Lebanese singer Ramy Ayach performed on Nov.4 and Lebanese singer Wael Jassar is scheduled to perform on Nov. 10.
Additionally, Tunisian singer Saber Rebai and famed Kuwaiti singer Nawal will perform on Nov. 12.
It is worth noting that the promising talents; Reham Abdel Hakim and Nehal Nabil will also perform in the festival.
The 27th edition of the festival will consist of 43 concerts held in seven theatres:
- Grand Hall
- Small Hall
- Arab Music Institute
- National Theatre
- Damanhour Theatre
- Alexandria Theatre
- Tanta Theatre
A total of 72 singers from eight Arab countries will participate in the festival this year.
The management of Cairo Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber, decided to name the 27th edition of the festival after late veteran Egyptian actress and singer, Shadya.