Perhaps many Egyptians, especially young people, did not know about the singer Maher Al-Attar except the news of his death.
Al-Attar died on Monday evening after a long struggle with illness, at the age of 83.
The late superstar singer rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, but he has been absent from the art scene for many years, and has only appeared in very limited television interviews.
The Syndicate of Musical Professions in Egypt called the late singer.
Maher Al-Attar was born in the Bab al-Sharia neighborhood in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on January 22, 1938.
He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University in 1965, but during his studies he sang in an amateur program on the Egyptian radio, and by chance the late musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab, who liked his voice, asked to meet him, and then encouraged him to enter the world of art and singing.
After graduating from the university, he received a diploma from the Higher Institute of Arabic Music.
Al-Attar married a media researcher, Fayza Mahmoud Naseem, and gave birth to Ahmed, who became a professional singer like his father, and Reham, who worked as a broadcaster and in the field of tourist guidance.
He was famous for singing the folk color in the 1950s and 1960s, and he collaborated with great composers, most notably Muhammad Al-Mouji and Baligh Hamdi, and among his most famous songs are: Bulgoh, my heart, spread your handkerchief on Ramla, who is safe for you, who is the return of the gardens, my moon, and God guard
Al-Attar participated in the City Lights concerts, and in a limited number of films not exceeding seven films, including: Beware of love with the star Zubaida Tharwat, the sad melody with Samia Gamal, Banat Bahri with Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi, and Zeenat Sidqi, and he also participated in some plays. .
Al-Attar refused to star in the movie “Hassan and Naima”, as the film’s producer nominated musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab, but he apologized because he was not convinced of himself in the role of “a peasant singer who wears a jilbab,” according to him. 1959.
The film was a smash hit at the time, which made Al Attar regret the opportunity.
At one point, Al-Attar was considered a competitor to the late great singer Abdel Halim Hafez, with whom he had a strong friendship.
At the height of Al-Attar’s success, he held job positions that removed him from the world of singing, as he worked at the Ministry of Culture and later became an advisor to the Minister of Culture, and also became involved in political work where he was a member of the Local Council of Cairo Governorate.
He also held union positions in the Musicians Syndicate more than once, which forced him to apologize for many of the concerts that were shown to him outside and inside Egypt, in addition to his illness during his last years as he had trouble speaking.
Al-Attar was honored by the Arab Music Festival, in its 29th session at the Egyptian Opera House, and his son Ahmed received the award in November of last year 2020.
Al-Attar was transferred to the hospital a few days ago due to bronchitis and shortness of breath, and sources close to his family and his family denied that he had Covid-19 disease.