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Khaled Selim gives a memorable night at Alexandria's Opera house summer festival

Saturday 21/July/2018 - 01:11 PM
Khaled Selim
Khaled Selim
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Superstar، Khaled Selim performed Friday evening at Summer Festival for Music and Singing، which runs from July (18-21)، at the Alexandria Opera House "Sayed Darwish Theatre"، amid a large crowd.

Selim، 42، preformed a number of his famous songs as well as song from the golden age such as Mawood by Abd El Halim Hafez، Eddeysh Kan fi Nas by Fairouz، Fi Youm W Lila by Warda، and others.

The 27th annual Summer Festival for Music activities is organized by the Cairo Opera House will be hosted in three cities – Cairo، Alexandria، and Damanhour from July to August.

Meanwhile، he is currently filming his role in TV series “Abwab al Shak” (Doubt doors).

Selim last artistic work was 2018 with TV series “Rasayel”، which premiered during the holy month of Ramadan.

Rasayel co-starring Mai Ezz Eldein، Khaled Selim، Abdelrahman Abo Zahra، Hager Al-Sharnouby، Razan Moghrabi، Donia El Masry، Soliman Eid، Ramez Amir، and directed by Ibrahim Fakhr.

Noteworthy، with four hit albums and 3 movies to his name، Khaled Selim is one of the biggest icons in modern Egyptian pop music and film، according to Khaled Selim official Facebook page.

The longevity of his decade-long career has earned him a special place among the elite of Arabic superstars.

Khaled Selim started his early journey with art since his childhood by listening to the masters of traditional Arabic music such as Om Kalthoum، Mohamed Abdul Wahab، Abdel Halim Hafez، Fayrouz، Warda، and many others. Being born into a family that highly appreciated the golden age of music played a major role in influencing Khaled's artistic talent and musical taste. As a child، Khaled’s talent started flourishing through his participation in various school events، as he was given constant support from his teachers who believed in his unique singing abilities.

Living in Kuwait in the childhood years gave Khaled Selim a great opportunity to explore various types of music from different parts of the globe، a fact which helped broaden his musical culture. He got to learn about diverse forms of art and to sing proficiently in various dialects of Arabic in addition to singing in English and Turkish. Khaled also excelled in playing many musical instruments such as the lute، the piano، and many more.

Khaled Selim’s first steps towards his singing dream started when he moved back to Egypt where he joined the Faculty of Commerce in Cairo University. Naturally، Khaled joined the university band through which he was faced for the first time with a big audience from university students. Khaled’s voice dazzled everyone with its strength، warmth and، above all، its spectacular sophistication which was long yearned for by Arabic music listeners. His concerts created a huge success، which led him to participate in several singing contests. For three consecutive years، he was able to win the Best Singer award on the level of all Egyptian universities. From here came the true start of Khaled Selim’s successful singing career.

Acting Career
Khaled Selim presented a variety of video clips that managed to highlight his magnificent acting skills. Khaled’s talent swiftly caught the attention of Egyptian film makers who began offering him a variety of film roles. And this was the start of a new turn in Khaled Selim’s career.

One of the major surprises in Khaled Selim’s career was being chosen by Warda، the legendary Arab singer and actress، to play the leading role opposite her in the television series titled Ann El Awan (It’s About Time). Warda’s choice of Khaled was the result of her unbroken faith in his artistic talents; she appreciated the beauty of his voice، his refined musical taste and his distinguished talent in presenting all sorts of singing whether traditional or modern. Within the dramatic events، Khaled performed a number of songs such as Mehtaglek (I Need You)، Annaneya (Selfish)، Ana Baladi Awla Beya (My Country Needs Me More)، Men Gheir Etab (Without Blame)، and many more.

Khaled Selim was capable of building his own individual artistic identity by carefully choosing music and lyrics that depict respectful and sophisticated art. This philosophy، by which Khaled firmly abided، made him stand out among the spreading current in contemporary music which relies mainly on commercial productions devoid of any artistic value.

For that reason، Khaled was capable of achieving a high level of trust between his audience and himself regarding the sort of art they should expect from him. This faith in Khaled’s refined art was extended to the responsibles of Cairo Opera House who nominated Khaled to take part in the First Arabic Music Festival in Alexandria. Through that event، Khaled was able to prove his outstanding singing abilities as he was the first contemporary young artist to sing in the highly esteemed opera house. He was also able to create a huge fan base from various age ranges through the concerts he gave on the stages of the opera house.

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