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Abdel Halim Hafez
عبد الحليم حافظ
Abdel Halim Hafez
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Birth name Abdel Halim Ali Shabana
عبد الحليم علي شبانة
Born (1929-06-21)June 21, 1929
El-Halawat, El Sharqia, Egypt
Died March 30, 1977(1977-03-30) (aged 47)
London, England
Genres Egyptian music, Opera
Occupations Singer, actor, conductor, film producer
Years active 1952–1977
Labels Mazzika
Associated acts Umm Kulthum
Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Abdel Halim Ali Shabana (Arabic: عبد الحليم علي شبانة), commonly known as Abdel Halim Hafez (Arabic: عبد الحليم حافظ) (June 21, 1929 – March 30, 1977), was an Egyptian singer, actor, conductor, businessman, music teacher and film producer. He is considered to be one of the greatest Egyptian musicians along with Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Mohamed Fawzi, and Shadia. As his popularity grew, he was given the nickname 'el-Andaleeb el-Asmar (Arabic: العندليب الأسمر), meaning The Dark-Skinned Nightingale. To date, he has sold over 80 million records.

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