Late Egyptian singer and composer Sayed Mekawy - Screen shot of Youtube video
CAIRO – 4 June 2017: The Egyptian Radio broadcasted mesaharaty episodes every Ramadan, which was composed by a different artist each year. Notably there were: Ahmed Sedky, Morsy el-Hariri, Abdel Azim Abdel Haq, however Sayed Mekawy was the most prominent and popular mesaharty of them all.
In his year, he decided to abandon the whole band and to perform alone, depending on tabla only, which distinguished mesaharaty’s character all over the years.
Mekawy’s solo performance was an overwhelming success, which made 1964 a remarkable year in the Egyptian Radio’s history, the reason that pushed the Radio to neglect all the people who used to work on mesaharaty episodes and depend on Mekawy alone.
By 1968, Mekawy started performing mesaharaty with the poet Fouad Hadad, taking mesaharaty to a whole new level. They sang aiming to awaken the Egyptians’ will especially after the setback in 1967. They focused on Egyptian leading characters that shaped history to promote the idea of Arabism and save the heritage and glory of Arab countries.
Mekawy later turned to the TV, where he was presented roaming in the Egyptian streets dressed in a galabeya and taqiyah with a tabla in his hands.
Mesaharaty which is a tradition inherited from the Ottomans, is a famous Ramadan character, who roams the streets before dawn to wake people for Sohour.