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The godfather of the modern Saudi song
((Dean of the Saudi Modern Song)
Date of birth: 1919م Date of death: 2012م

  • He was born in the suburb of Al-Muthanna, a suburb of Taif Governorate

  • He practiced agriculture with his father and sang the sweetest local songs behind the farmers

  • His father passed away when he was seven, and he moved to his uncle's house

  • He continued his life diligently and the struggle between school and work to provide life sustenance for his family

  • He was famous as a young man singing at the top of his voice while playing the sectarian sewer, which contributed to the formation of his early musical taste.

  • At the age of 14-15, he fell in love with the Oud instrument, when he saw it for the first time in the hands of artist Hassan Jawa at his concert in Taif.

  • Tariq Abdul Hakim joined the Saudi army, and graduated from lieutenant until he became a brigadier general in the artillery corps

  • Learn about Arabic music through his colleagues upon entering the military, listening to music records and memorizing songs.

  • The first Saudi on scholarship to study music, when the Minister of Defense Prince Mansour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud discovered his talent and nominated him to study music due to the need at the time to establish a private music and institute of music affiliated with the army

  • He graduated from the Institute of Music in Egypt with distinction in 1953

  • In the year 1375 AH, he was appointed artistic director of the Saudi Army Band, then he was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Army Orchestra

  • Approval was issued to appoint him as Director of Musicians of the Saudi Army in the year 1379 AH

  • He was tasked with distributing the Saudi national anthem using modern musical instruments, and teaching army music personnel

  • He developed national music starting with the military marsh, the national anthem, and the renewal and preservation of folklore

  • Transferring Saudi music from the stage of the aural melody to the stage of written musical notes on sound scientific foundations

  • He founded the musical band for the Saudi army, the Military Music Museum in Riyadh, the Institute of Music and Physical Education of the Public Security, the Arab Society for Arts, a museum bearing his name, and other institutes, associations and cultural groups.

  • He became a member of the Society of Composers and Authors in Paris.

  • He won the UNESCO Music Prize in 1981

  • He was awarded the Order of Merit for artists of the second degree during the reign of King Fahd - may God have mercy on him -

  • He was elected president of the Arab Music Society in 1983 and 1987

  • He performed tunes by major Arab artists such as Najah Salam, Faizah Ahmad, Warda, Talal Maddah, Muhammad Abdo, Hayam Younis and Samira Tawfiq.

  • His musical works were broadcast, either as melodies or songs, on the Voice of the Arabs radio station

  • He presented a group of his tunes, including the dawn of Egypt, to the late musician Abdel Wahab, and Abdel-Wahhab expressed his admiration for the dawn of Egypt

  • A group of Saudi songs played on Voice of the Arabs radio, such as

  • Hanna are men of war at the time of the fight

  • Special hymn to the voice of the Arabs

  • Jewel of the island music

  • Okaz Music

  • Tribal music

These works were recorded in the Egyptian Radio Orchestra, led by Attia Sharara.

Writings of Tariq Abdel Hakim:

  • He published the most famous popular folklore book, with its musical rules and theories

  • Musical instruments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Famous Arab musicians

A thousand military marchers and assigning them various names so as not to create confusion between the marchers

  • Marsh, monarch of the island

  • Marsh Al Saud

  • Marsh Al-Faisal

  • Cheetah Marsh

  • Marsh Al-Abdullah

  • Marsh the Sultan

  • Marsh Al-Nayef

  • Western Marsh

  • Northern Marsh

  • Eastern Marsh

  • Southern Marsh

  • Central region Marsh

  • Marsh Mecca

  • Marsh Medina

  • Jerusalem Marsh.

His most prominent works:

  • Oh Reem oh Wadi Thaqif

  • What is your identity

  • Hey free bath

  • Where are my beloved ones, Noor Al-Ain (Najat Al-Saghira)

  • Dawn of Egypt

  • My imagination in Cairo, the joys of Taif

  • Nawar Medina, Najd

  • Nights of Mecca

  • My heart attaches to an Arab girl. I cry for what happened to me, my family

  • God help us

  • Thank God, I got what we wish