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This post has been written by Hany Zaki – my man in Cairo. Besides being an encyclopedia of Egyptian music, he has been a very helpful resource for other North African and Middle Eastern music. He also runs a website dedicated to Omar Khorshid.
As young man he emerged at the sunset of the grand artists of the Middle East, Omar El Shariyi did not depend much on his family’s wealth through his struggles in the music scene – even though he was blind. His tools were his talent that made him earn studies from various musical institutions worldwide.
He got his big breakthrough when he collaborated with the music superstar Shadia to compose music for her 1979 film “Suspicion My Love”. That opened many doors for him to work with numerous artists in Egypt, and soon afterwards, the rest of Middle East.
In the early 80s, El Shariyi began work with the Roland keyboard company to produce an ‘Oriental keyboard‘. The venture was so successful that it was used a trademark in the music scene in Egypt throughout the 80s and 90s.
Omar had a fruitful career producing tribute albums in his own style of the departed giants of the Middle Eastern music – such as Umm Kulthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Farid al-Atrash and Laila Mourad, to name a few. In 1980, he formed a group by the name of ‘Al Asdekaa’ – or ‘Friends’ – with three singers, which was a popular trend in Egyptian music in the mid 70s and lasted until mid 80s.
In the 1990s, El Shariyi would take standard Egyptian songs from radio programs and transform them to a larger sound production for television programs. Omar’s love for the musical history of Egypt was evident in his compositions for radio, television and film – most of which were recorded in his ‘Omar Sound’ studio.
Catalog number MT 4868 on Soutelphan Records of Cairo, Egypt. Released 1977.
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