The artist-singer, Abdelmounaim El Jamaï, died Sunday in Rabat at the age of 73, following a long illness, we learned from his family.
Born in 1948 in Sale, the deceased was one of the pioneers of modern Moroccan song and one of its best known and recognized voices.
He had acquired great knowledge in the artistic field in particular thanks to his passage through the Conservatory of Music where he, for five years, learned to play the Lute.
“Ja Fi al Miaad” was one of the famous songs that marked his long artistic career spanning more than five decades, and during which he also excelled in “zajal” and “qassida”.
The late Abdelounaim El Jamaï, who was decorated by King Mohammed VI with Ouissam Al Moukafâa Al Wataniya 3rd class (Officer) in August 2016, also contributed to the enrichment of the Moroccan musical repertoire and worked with a range of great lyricists and composers.
He made his debut performing the great classics of Arab song stars, including Abdelhalim Hafez.
The song “Nihaya”, composed by the late Mohamed Iraqui and arranged by the late Hamid Benbrahim, marked the start of his artistic career in 1968.
A great tribute was paid in May 2016 by the National Radio to the deceased who had to his credit a rich repertoire of unforgettable songs, including “Ja Fi al Miaad”, “Chafiya Bi Ayoun Kbar”, “Ya Alam Chouf”, “Machi Dak Zine ”and“ Nadit Alik ”.
The late Abdelmounaim El Jamaï had also participated in several musical epics and national artistic events.
The funeral will be on Sunday at the Sidi Messaoud cemetery in Hay Riyadh after the Addohr prayer.