Mohammad Abdilwahhab (Arabic: محمد عبد الوهاب), also transliterated Mohammad Abdilwahhab (1907 - May 3, 1991) was a prominent 20th century Egyptian singer and composer. Born in Bab El-Sheriyah area of Cairo, Egypt (Where his statue stands), Abdilwahhab played Oud before the Prince of Poets, Ahmed Shawqi. Abdilwahhab acted in several movies. He composed 10 songs for Um Kalthoum (أم كلثوم). He was the first Egyptian singer to move from silent-era acting and move to singing. He died in 1991, and is still considered one of the five greats of Arabic music, along with Umm Kalthoum, Fareed Al Atrach, Fairouz, and Abdel Haleem Hafez
1 His works
Al Warda Al Baydaa (The White Rose).
Egyptian singer & composer Mohammad Abdilwahhab
This is by no means exhaustive. Title translation given only where appropriate.
Majnoon Layla. (Crazy about Layla)
Makadeeru Min Jafnayki (Love poem by prominent 9th Century Iraqi
Poet Safayuldeen Al Hilli).
Besides having composed the themes to all but one of his wealthy collection of songs, he contributed musical works for almost all prominent singers in the Arab World, including Um Kulthoum, Abdulhaleem Hafidh, Layla Murad, Faiza Ahmed, Asmahan, Fairouz, Warda, Mayyada Al Hinnawi to name but a few.
In addition to the songs, he composed a number of famous musical pieces, among those are:
It is widely accepted in circles of Arabic music that his talent is yet to be repeated.
His personal belongings were put in his museum in the Music
institute in Cairo.
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