like many houses in the past , the piano was a part of furniture
that's when the ears of young omar recognized the first sound
of an instrument ..
he tried to do anything on the piano and he amazed his father
when managed to play the piano without a music sheet...
that encouraged his father [ ahmad khorshid a cinematographer]
to promise omar with a guitar if he passed the exams with success
which it's happend and omar got his first guitar...
the guitar took so much time from omar studies and the result
was a bad marks made his father take away the guitar and smash it
despite he comes from a wealthy family but omar couldn't buy
a guitar at his early teen years , even with his savings ,...
he managed to convince a music shop to sell him guitar and pay
a certain amount each month.....
omar went well in his studies but his ethsiusim to learn the guitar
made him join a private institute of music in cairo downtown ,
and his teacher was a greek...
as a young man he was influnced by the rock & beat music that
swept the world from early 60s , he was obsessed
by forming a band play that kind of music he loves...
in 1966 he formed a group with members named ' le petits chats '
playing to the youth in sport clubs - universities halls and later on
in stereo's and hotels thay gained a huge success as the scene was
almost new for such groups in egypt at that time...
omar gained respect from audiance and musicans for his unique
preformance and high moral ...
his fame reached the ears of the first lady of song
of the middle east and family friend [ oum kalsoum]
he couldn't believe his ears when she asked him to play the guitar
with her orchestra which he was the youngest to join...
the switch from playing international music to play arabic oriental
music wasn't hard on omar , his unique preformance made the
guitar speaks and play arabic in outstanding way...
this switch was the first step for omar glorious career...
abdel halim hafez , another grand artist also asked omar to play with
his al massiya orchesrta ...
omar kept playing with oum kalsoum & abdel halim hafez in live
and studio recording along with other artists from 1968 till he left
to lebanon in 1973
[to see details of omar's life & career in lebanon , see lebanon page]
by early 1976 omar was in syria making appearncess in night club
and acting in films , it took a year for omar in syria before he return
to egypt again ...
after the return to egypt again omar had so many things on his
mind and he did it one by one ..
he formed a group to play with him and accompany other singers,
he also focused on making music scores for films which he gained
many awards for it ..
omar had the determination to enlarge his movie career ,
he returned to making films again and produced a film
[ see filmography page for full details]
omar was honored from prisdent sadat which he liked him
and that's why he choosed omar to appear live in the white house
in washington to preform live before the eyes of sadat-begin-carter
for the occassion of the sign of egypt-israel peace treaty...
he was very well received by the prisdents and the guests...
this preformance gave omar a huge force to carry on with his career
continuing to make music- films- scores - tours - live preformance
till the black day of may 29th 1981 when omar left the world
by his body only , as his accomplishments as a guitarist- composer-
actor - producer lives on...
[36 years old]