Composer and singer who became prominent during the middle of the 20th century for his songs for Umm Kalthoun. He also composed "Kassaman," the Algerian National Anthem.
He began acting in movies in 1939 and composing for movies in 1943.
He opened up the studio Masrphone where legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kalthoun recorded.
He grew up in an enormous family, as he was raised alongside 25 brothers and sisters. His family was very poor but he still dreamed as a child of becoming a music composer.
He rose to prominence around the same time as Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.