A Voice From Morocco

Abdelhadi Belkhayat
El Mounfarija


01.♥ El Mounfarija
02. Asmaa Allah El Housna
03. Lak El Hamd
04. Chaâ nour Mohamed
05. Allah houma raba mohamadine



Abdelhadi Belkhayat, born Abdelhadi Belkhayat Zougari in 1940 in Fès (Morocco), is a moroccan singer.

Attracked to music at an early age, Abdelhadi Belkhayat went to Cairo and joined the Conservatory of Music. After his training, he had to choose between singing in Egyptian dialect or go back to Morocco with no success yet. Abdelhadi Belkhayat opted for the second choice. Armed with a strong voice, Abdelhadi Belkhayat did not give up. He first sang Mohammed Abdelwahab's « Qassida » which earned him a local recognition.
Later on, along with Abdelwahab Doukkali, Lmaâti Belkacem and the late Mohamed El Hayani, Abdelhadi Belkhayat help shape the golden age of moroccan music.

After such successful albums like ''Ya Dak L'insane'', ''Qitar Al Hayat'' and ''Ya Bent Nass'', Abdelhadi Belkhayat became Imame (muslim priest) and release an islamic-themed album, ''Al Mounfarija''.


The other outstanding personality of the modern Moroccan song is Abdelhadi Belkhayat. He too was born in a very conservative family and he too had the Moroccan Radio to thank for his success. He was very young when he left Fez for Casablanca. He was quickly welcomed by Moroccan audiences but his success became really dazzling only after his touring Algeria for the first time in 1963.With his spellbinding voice and his classical repertoire, he moved the hearts of Algerian, Tunisian and Libyan audiences. As all young people who were his contemporaries, he felt attracted by Egypt, the country he had to thank for loving music. He stayed there for two and a half years but, as he was very shy, he was not given the welcome he had expected. This made him feel bitter and he left the country he loved so much with a number of bad memories, though his studying at the High Institute of Arab music taught him what was lacking in his innate talents of crooner.

In 1969 he was back in Morocco and his fame went on increasing. He began to set to music texts by Ahmed Tayeb Elalj, Mustapha Abderrahman, Ali El-Haddani, Abderrafi El-jahwari and others among the best Moroccan poets. He has given performances all over the Arab World and in Western capitals.

In Paris the performance he gave in 1973 at the Olympia theatre had attracted so many people that half of them could not get in. Used to tour countries once a year, in 1989 he went as far as Afghanistan, and we may conlude thereof that nowadays Moroccan song is known the whole world over.

This outstanding career, started in 1963, he decided would come to an end in 1989 when, still at the top of his fame,. he went to Oran to take leave from the people who had first recognized his talent. He is now devoting his time to the madih and the religious qasidah-s with a mind to deepen his religious faith and go back to the origins. In Casablanca,. he is now the appointed muezzin of the mosque in his district: five times a day his voice is heard praising God. He has left to others the care of singing sensual love.

 A. Hachlef
January 1990
Translated by M. Stoffel

(Thanks to Bolingo)

...some say there are 99 names of "God", oh what blasphemy, there are many many more then you can ever imagine, so shut up and listen, open your heart, and all your seven senses...

...been listening all day : )

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