Ladies & gentlemen...
This is our second week in Egypt with Abdel Halim Hafez. This week we get some kind of a conceptual recording.
HAWEL TEFTEKERNY (Sawt El Arab, HPC 10007 from 1974) is a live recording. In the last years of his career Abdel Halim Hafez focused mostly on live performances so most of his recordings where from concerts (usually also broadcasted for tv). Unlike most Egyptian singers of this era Abdel Halim Hafez opted for a new way of composition of long musical pieces instead of the commercial "7' inches" format.
This record features 42mn from the total performance. On this piece Abdel Halim Hafez's composition flirts with occidental opera and Arabian poetry and mixes many instruments to his original Arabian folk songs style (electric guitar, organ...). This "classicist genre" was concidered to be a new step in Arabian music, a way choosed by a few other musicians including Oum Kalthoum that disappeared a few years after the death of Abdel Halim Hafez.
HAWEL TEFTEKERNY PART 1
HAWEL TEFTEKERNY PART 2