FILE – Ali El Haggar.
CAIRO - 16 November 2019: Veteran Egyptian singer Ali el Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature.
The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.”
Haggar and famed Egyptian singer Riham Abdel-Hakim performed at Alexandria Opera House on November 12 in the closing of the Arab Music Festival.
The renowned Egyptian singer celebrated his 65th birthday in one of the major hotels in Cairo on April 19 in the presence of a large number of celebrities and public figures.
He recently launched the song "Laih el Tareeq" (Why the path?) on his official channel on YouTube.
The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.
The iconic singer released his latest album entitled "Ma TakhdyBalek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.
Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.
Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.
In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.
Haggar concluded on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 the 27th edition of the Arab Music Festival at Alexandria Opera House.
His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).
Throughout his career,Haggar performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel"with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.
He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart), another important phase in Haggar' scareer was his first collaboration with his brother,composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggarin 1978 when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).
The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as composer and Ali el-Haggar as lyricist.
Among these songs are: "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".
Haggar released "Abl Ma Tewaed" (Before You Promise) sng on December 31, 2018, announcing that it is a gift to his fans in 2019.
The song is written by Michael Adel, composed by Shady Moanes and distributed by Rafik Adly