Egyptian music scene mourns loss of 90s popstar Alaa Abdel-Khalek

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 4 Jul 2023

Egyptian popstar Alaa Abdel-Khalek, known for his hit albums during the cassette era in the 80s and 90s, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 59 after a long battle with illness.

Alaa Abdel-Khalek
Alaa Abdel-Khalek


Social media has been flooded with messages of mourning from fans and fellow musicians alike.

Despite his long absence from the music scene, fans expressed their fond memories and appreciation for his warm voice and nostalgic songs.

Meanwhile, singer Hamid El-Shaeri expressed his grief at losing a friend and longtime collaborator, writing “you broke my heart, my life-long friend.”

Prominent figures in the music industry, such as Amr Diab, Ehab Tawfik, Mostafa Amar, Mohamed Hamaki, Simone and Hossam Hosny, as well as poet Gamal Bakhit and critic Magda Khairallah, have also offered words of condolences.

The Egyptian Musicians Syndicate described him as a man with good ethics and manners.

Abdel-Khalek's funeral ceremony is set to take place at the Police Mosque in New Cairo, with many celebrities expected to attend.

He graduated from the Arab Music Institute, launching his singing career as part of the band of legendary musician Ammar El-Sherei. Teaming up with Hanan and Mona Abdel-Ghani, they achieved major success in the early 80s producing a number of memorized songs like El-Hodoud and El-Modaat.

Adbel-Khalik later embarked on a successful solo career alongside Hamid El-Shaeri. Together they released multiple albums that achieved tremendous success.

Abdel-Khalek's albums include Mersal, Ragelek, Ethghayarty, Maktoob, Tayara Warak, El-Helm and others.

In the 90s, he was among the country’s top singers, often compared to Amr Diab, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed Fouad. However, health issues led him to retire from singing nearly two decades ago.

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