Tuesday 28 December 2021
Books – Mustafa Hamza:
“The Story of a People”, “The Mother of the Hero”, “Let My Heavens” and “My Homeland, My Love the Greatest” are musical epics that bore the signature of the late musician Ali Ismail, and contributed to establishing his position as one of the most prominent symbols of Arab music.
And as we celebrate today the 99th anniversary of the birth of the late creator Ali Ismail, as he was born on this day December 28, 1922, we reveal what happened between him and the musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab, behind the scenes of one of his most prominent creations, which is the anthem “My Greatest Country”.
Music critic Dr. Enas Jalal El-Din, in her book “Ali Ismail, an international musician with an Egyptian taste,” revealed the details of the beginning of an acquaintance between “Ali” and “Abdul Wahab,” and wrote: “Ali Ismail became famous at the beginning of his career by playing the clarinet, and his fame reached To Abdel Wahab, and he was preparing the tunes for the movie “Ghazl El Banat”, and he asked the young musician to participate in playing with the band.
And she continued, “After that, the relationship between the duo was cut off, until the imprints of Ali Ismail appeared as a music distributor and orchestra conductor in 1960, when he distributed “The Story of a People” and sung by the artist Abdel Halim Hafez, and Mohamed Abdel Wahab initiated contact with him, and asked him to distribute the operetta “My Greatest Country” in His third copy, which is the most famous of the copies he presented.
Dr. Enas added in her book: “After the good echo received by the third version of (My Greatest Country), after Ali Ismail’s success in distributing it and presenting it at the Revolution Day party, Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab said to him (Oh Ali, you are a wonderful boy), and their work continued together. later”.
The song “My Greatest Country” was written by the poet Ahmed Shafiq Kamel, composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and was initially titled “Anthem of Unity” when it was presented in 1959, and participated in the singing by Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, and Hoda Sultan.
In January 1960, the anthem was presented for the second time at the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the High Dam, after changing its name to “My Greatest Country.” Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Shadia, Najat, and Faida Kamel, who replaced the artist Huda Sultan, participated in singing.
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In July of the same year, and in the celebration of the Revolution Day, the operetta was presented for the third time, after the musician Ali Ismail took over its distribution, and added a new clip to sing by the Algerian singer Warda, in which she says, “My homeland, oh revolution against their colonization, the hope of your Algeria is a fire that destroyed them,” to be of her luck. To be present in the televised version, with the participation of Mohamed Abdel Wahab, as a musician, directed by film director Ezz El-Din Zulficar, and designed by the creative cinematographer, Shadi Abdel Salam.
The musician Ali Ismail died on June 16, 1974, after a long artistic career. He distributed and composed many musical colors, including the popular songs “Al-Tasht Qalli” Aida Al-Shaer, and “Al-Ataba Jazaz” a trio of fun that he contributed to forming, and show songs with Reda’s band. In addition to the patriotisms, including “Raj’in”, “Let my Heavens”, “Umm Al-Batal”, and the Palestinian national anthem.
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