The great Lebanese singer Mohammed Jamal passed away at dawn today, after a long career of nearly nine decades and was full of successes and songs that made him star in the Arab world.

The actor and composer, whose voice distinguished many national songs in 1934 in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, began his passion for music since his childhood, so he learned to play the oud by his father, and sang national anthems and songs of major singers in his school concerts, and launched his artistic career in 1954 from Beirut through the Lebanese radio, where he opened his career with two melodies "Qalouli Ahl Al-Hawa" and "Asmar Ya Shaghel Bali".

Gamal moved to Cairo in 1956 and participated in the film "The Widow of Al-Taroub" alongside Laila Fawzy and Kamal El-Shennawy, and then in the film "Haa 3" in 1961 directed by Abbas Kamel alongside the giants of Egyptian cinema, Rushdi Abaza, Souad Hosni and Tawfiq Al-Daqn.

Jamal collaborated with many great poets, including Michel Tohme Shafiq al-Maghribi, Abdel Jalil Wahba and Nizar al-Horr.

He composed many songs for great artists such as Sabah, Najah Salam and Syrian singer Marwan Hossam El-Din.

Mohamed Jamal's songs became famous in the seventies of the twentieth century, so the song "Ah Ya Um Hamada" spread and presented his most famous songs such as "I want to see you every day", "Qesm Sharqi Baladi", "Hamaltak Salami", "Albak Shab" and the song "I don't have money I give you".

During the same period, he participated in many joint Syrian-Lebanese films, including "Women for Winter, Love of the Harlow, Official Mission", and at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties, he presented new songs such as "You and I were walking on the roads".

Composed by Elias Rahbani, "Eja Al-Saif", and "Airports", in addition to the album "A Doroub Al-Hawa", which contained many songs "Mili Ma Mal Al-Hawa", "Halila" and the song "Rahti Rahti Lewin Rahti".

In late 1981, Mohammed Jamal emigrated due to the conditions of the war in Lebanon to the United States of America, and in 1984 he returned from it and performed a remarkable artistic activity between 1984 and 1986, where he presented in 1985 new songs including "Al-Shouq Baatlak", "Zeina Al-Maalem", "Hala La La Lea" and many others.

Jamal added an important asset to the Syrian and Lebanese folk song and was distinguished by his successful experiences in combining Arabic singing and the colors of Greek, Turkish, Spanish and other folklore, and this resulted in beautiful songs such as "Mazzika and Habbak Enta wa Bas" and presented songs characterized by the authentic oriental melody and his songs ranged between Tarab poems and light song, as well as he is considered one of the first to introduce the rhythm of "drums" to the song.

Jamal sang national songs for many Arab countries, so he singled out Syria with the song "Syria, my love" alongside Mohammed Salman and Najah Salam, which spread during the October Liberation War, and he also sang "Kabir Ya Tishreen" and one of the songs he sang for his homeland Lebanon is the song "Ya Green and Betbaqi Akhdar", and he also sang for the Palestinian cause several songs such as "Ya Quds" and the song "I am the Arab".

For the world of children, Jamal presented several songs, including the song "She is Baba", in addition to composing some songs for the famous program "Iftah Ya Simsim".

In terms of concerts, Jamal has performed throughout the Arab world, especially in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and many countries of the diaspora.

Amani Farrouj

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