FILE - Ali el-Haggar
CAIRO - 5 January 2020: Veteran Egyptian singer Ali el-Haggar will perform at Cairo Opera House on January 16.
Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature in November 2019, to be the first Egyptian singer to receive such prestigious award.
The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.
Moreover, 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 has recently launched the song "Laih el-Tareeq" (Why that 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 Takhdy Balek” (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.
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 has 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's career was his first collaboration with his brother, composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggar in 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 a composer and Ali el-Haggar as a vocalist.
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".