Abdel Halim Hafez is one of the iconic singers in Egypt and the Middle East. He was also an actor who played several roles in movies during the golden era of Egyptian cinema. His name may be written as “Abd el-Halim Hafez” and he is know in Egypt as “The Dark-Skinned Nightingale”.
Abdel Halim Hafez was born in 1929 in Egypt before the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 and during his career he had a significant impact on the Egyptian people. When talking about Abdel Halime Hafez’s fame, he represents to the Egyptians what Elvis Presley represents to the American people. With cooperation with the great music composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Abdel Halim produces many popular love songs which Egyptians and people all over the Arab World are still listening to it. Abdel Halim’s fame is not only restricted in Egypt, as he is well known in the rest of the Arab speaking countries for his songs.
Abdel Halim had a great influence on the Egyptian people and the Arab World with his patriotic songs. His patriotic songs was not only about Egypt and the building of the Aswan High Dam but it also included the idea of Arab nationalism.
Abdel Halim Hafez died due to liver failure caused by his infection with Bilharzia which he had caught during his childhood in the Egyptian countryside. A very large crowd of the Egyptian people attended his funeral, about 2.5 million of the Egyptian people attended Abdel Halim Hafez funeral. He was loved by the Egyptian people to a degree that one teenage girl of his fans committed suicide by throwing herself from the balcony after knowing about his death.