21 June 1929
30 April 1977 (aged 47)
Abdel Halim Hafez (Arabic: عبد الحليم حافظ ) (June 21, 1929 – March 30, 1977), was an immensely popular singer and actor in Egypt and the Arab world from the 1950s to the 1970s. His music is still played on radio daily throughout the Arab world. Abdel Halim is considered one of the four greats of 20th century Egyptian and Arabic music, along with Umm Kalthoum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Farid El Atrache.
His most famous songs include Ahwak ("I love you"), Khosara ("A pity"), Gana El Hawa ("Love, come to us"), Sawah ("Wanderer"), Zay el Hawa ("It feels like love"), and El Massih ("The Christ"), among the 260 songs that he recorded. His last, and perhaps most famous, song, Qariat el-Fingan ("The fortune-teller"), featured lyrics by Nizar Qabbani and music by Mohammed Al-Mougy. Abdel Halim's big screen debut was "Sharre' El Hob" ("Love STreet"), in which he starred with Sabah. He starred in sixteen films, including "Dalilah", which was Egypt's first colored motion picture.
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