Shaaban Abdel Rahim Forgets the Author of His Fame

Published June 9th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Popular Egyptian singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim has decided to skip the services of his songwriter, Islam Khalil, who penned his smash hit Ana Bakrah Israel (I Hate Israel) – the source of Abdel Rahim’s fame. 

The singer told the London-based Al Sharq Al Awsat daily that other lyricists, including Samir Attaer, Ahmed Shatta and Bahaiddin Mohammed, as well as prominent composers such as Mohammed Sultan, had agreed to cooperate with him on his upcoming albums. 

Abdel Rahim justified his attitude by saying he wanted innovation and development, rather than running in place. 

For his part, Khalil said, “Shaaban’s decision come as a punishment to me after my recent press statements, in which I have bluntly accused him.” 

Khalil added that the singer had insisted on ignoring him and his artistic contributions in all press and television conversations. 

“Shaaban Abdel Rahim attributed the song themes to himself. I refused to keep silent because this has caused me serious psychological and moral damage,” Khalil added. 

Khalil expressed his regret at the turn which the relationship between the two has taken, saying “God damn fame -- it makes human beings forget their closest friends.” - 

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