Tuesday, July 23, 2024

The story of the song “My Homeland, My Youth and My Dreams”.


Most Egyptian patriotic songs are usually rhetorical and with upbeat melodies based on propaganda slogans and phrases, except perhaps an orphan song called Patriotism, which is a flirtatious song – so to speak – in which its author flirts with his motherland and thereby gives a true, honest message about his country. Expresses feelings.

Infrequently played, only in times of distress and war, the song opens with “My Homeland, My Youth and My Dreams”:

My homeland, my youth and my dreams

My motherland, my country, my days

My mother’s contentment and my father’s tenderness

My son made a mistake while playing

Bassam strides forward with confidence

My homeland, my youth and my dreams

History screams Easter

He jumped and walked excitedly

His hand carried the flame of victory

Tomorrow seemed like the hope of eternity

Artist Najad al-Shakira sang a duet with the young singer Abdel Raoub Ismail in the early 1950s. Unlike Najad, who is best known for his fire, Abdel Raouf was heavily oppressed and combated by fellow singers of his time, and Egyptian radio was not to his liking. Others like Abdel Halim Hafeez, this is what prompted our friend to leave Egypt for Kuwait, where he lived and served as Senior Artistic Director of Music Education in its schools until his death in 2008. There he also composed some melodies. To others, led by Hussain Jassim, he sang his melodious “O God”, and Saud Rasheed, who sang for him, “O men, have mercy on the aching heart”. Several Kuwaiti dramas and series: “Silence,” “To the Youth, With Regards,” “The Jewel and the Hunter,” “Party on the Stake” and “Hello, Dolly.”

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Notably, before he left Egypt, he sang and composed a few songs, including “I Came, Salma” with Faida Kamel and “I Wonder Who Are You” with Saud Makkawi. : “You are my portion,” “Banat Bahri,” and “Banat Bahri.” “I don’t know where”, “O Hanina, O our land”, “O you enlightened ones, our neighborhood” and others, but they did not become popular due to the lack of airplay on Egyptian radio, so he made his fame “My motherland, my youth and my dreams”. received only from, and hence he was unfairly called “a hymn-singer”.

Khairy Shalaby wrote about him in the Egyptian newspaper “Al-Waft” (2/15/2011): “No one knows how he appeared, where he went, or how he completely disappeared from the world of singing, leaving an imprint. Its originality is undeniable. And its owner possessed a powerful capacity for intense, sensitive and subtle performance, which no Egyptian singer before or after him had achieved.

It is a sound that the ear likes, so it preserves its frequencies and embraces them so that it remains distinct and unique throughout time.

In the same essay, his author disagrees with those who regard “My Homeland, My Youth and My Dreams” as an anthem: “Song is the expression of personal feelings that find a response in the selves of others. Engage in its composition, its playing, its singers, the richness of the feelings it expresses or All the way to a percentage of the mass that grows larger or smaller according to poverty is involved.” The song is about her, the anthem is an expression of the general public’s feeling about a certain national condition, filling the people with enthusiasm.

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The writer also objected to those who use certain descriptions for certain songs like “Vatania”: “There is no patriotism, there is no other that is not patriotic. Rather, this label has arisen among many false labels. We do not know how. It is a popular song, it is emotional, and it is as widespread as it is exciting and Settled..

In our opinion, “My Motherland, My Youth and My Dreams” touched the listener’s conscience, increased love for the motherland and instilled a sense of duty towards it, not just because of its pure, dreamy melody. The soft voice of its singer, but its beautiful, poetic words were composed by a poet who was much wronged, whose name was “Ahmed Mukaimar.” » (1914 – 1978). Although he has published 15 collections of poetry, besides several plays and poetic epics.

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Pandora Bacchus
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