AHMED FOUAD NEGM (Arabic : أحمد فؤاد نجم, pronounced ; 22 May 1929 – 3 December 2013), popularly known as EL-FAGOMMI الفاجومي ( ), was an Egyptian vernacular poet . Negm is well known for his work with Egyptian composer Sheikh Imam , as well as his patriotic and revolutionary Egyptian Arabic poetry. Negm has been regarded as "a bit of a folk hero in Egypt."
* 1 Early life * 2 Negm-Imam Duo * 3 Awards * 4 Death * 5 References * 6 External links
Ahmed Fouad Negm was born in Sharqia ,
When his father died, he went to live with his uncle Hussein in
Zagazig , but was placed in an orphanage in 1936 where he first met
Abdel Halim Hafez . In 1945, at the age of 17, he left
the orphanage and returned to his village to work as a shepherd.
Later, he moved to
After the agreement between
Negm lived in a small room on the rooftop of a house in Boulaq
el-Dakror neighborhood. When he met singer and composer
Sheikh Imam in
Khosh Adam neighborhood, they became roommates and formed a famous
signing duet. Negm was also imprisoned several times due to his
political views, particularly his harsh criticism of Egyptian
Gamal Abdel Nasser
The residence of Ahmed Fouad Negm in the poorest neighborhoods of Cairo, Egypt, exposed him to the most talented professionals such as Sheikh Imam Eissa, impoverished poets and artists. But, Sheikh Imam in particular compensated Negm for the earlier rejection by his orphanage-mate Abdel Halim Hafez.
In 1962, Negm was introduced to Imam by a friend who believed that
the two, poet Negm and composer Imam, could make a perfect duo. On the
first occasion, Negm noticed that Imam took over an hour to tweak the
strings of the
Negm was quick enough to sense that the blind Sheikh was a hidden treasure of Islamic literacy and music talent, and with his physical handicap, he could use the help of Negm's eyes and words. Hence, Negm proposed to stay in Imam's residence. As he recounted, his other rented room has properties worth 6 Egyptian pounds, thus if he threw away the key for his other room, the landlord was required three months before breaking into the room and possessing its content. Negm took the risk, abandoned his rented room with its contents and stuck with Sheikh Imam from 1962 throughout 1995.
In 2007, Negm was chosen by the
In the early hours of 3 December 2013, Negm died at the age of 84 in
* ^ Slackman, Michael (13 May 2006). "A Poet Whose Political Incorrectness Is a Crime". New York Times . Retrieved 4 December 2013.
* ^ El-Hewie, Mohamed F. (2013). Ahmed Fouad Negm. Egypt\'s
Revolutionary Poet. English-Arabic Translation. USA: Shaymaa
Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 1482742942 .
* ^ "
A study of the vernacular poetry of Aḥmad Fuʼād Nigm / by Kamal Abdel-Malek. Abdel-Malek, Kamal.Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1990.
* Rawafed: documentary