Brahim El Alami
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Brahim Alami

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Brahim El Alami, a leading light and an icon in the realm of Moroccan music, along with the likes of Amr Tantaoui, El Maati El Bidaoui, Maati Benkacem, Ahmed Jabrane, and others. He is a Moroccan artist who created and performed many timeless and notable songs. By combining between authoring, composing, and singing, he managed to manifest his unique artistic ingenuity, and make himself a turning point in the history of Moroccan art. He was the President of the regional chorus of Casablanca.\r

Born in 1930, in Casablanca, El Alami was heavily influenced, since his childhood, by the artistic heritage of Malhoun, present within his family. His father was a singer of Malhoun in gatherings that were known as Nzaha, as was his brother Aziz El Alami who sang Malhoun professionally. This atmosphere contributed to him deciding to go for a career in music and singing, from an early age. He quit school after obtaining his primary degree, but his brother encouraged him to learn to play music, so he joined the Municipal Music Institute in Casablanca. Brahim El Alami was known for his passion for books and his desire to educate himself and learn as much as he can in regards to the field of art and literature. Which may explain his deftness and ability to combine between authoring, composing, and singing, all the while never losing the touch of serenity and elegance characterizing his songs.

At the beginning of his artistic career, El Alami admired Eastern music, especially the wave led by artists such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Oum Kalthoum and Farid El Atrache. That, in effect, showed in the musical productions of the Moroccan artists of the 1950s and 1960s, including Brahim. Building on that, the pioneers of Moroccan music, among whom was Brahim El Alami, diverged from the Eastern tradition to develop their personal musical style and explore new ways of expression without losing their unique cultural identity. This may explain why his compositions were widely accepted, and often performed on national days and social occasions. His modesty and morals, along with his interaction with the general public, led some to call him the people's artist.

Brahim El Alami passed away in 2002, leaving behind a legacy of enthralling compositions. Songs such as (Mahla Ifrane Ou Mahla Jamalou), (Ya Nnassi), (Ya lli Sourtak Bine Aâynaya), (Doub Ya Kalbi Doub), remain entrenched in the memory of Moroccans. Every time they are performed, they remind us of one of the greatest Moroccan composers.


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