Ahmed Fouad Negm

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Ahmed Fouad Negm
Negm in c. 1999
Negm in c. 1999
Background information
Also known asAhmed Negm
Born(1929-05-22)22 May 1929
Sharqia, Egypt
Died3 December 2013(2013-12-03) (aged 84)
Cairo, Egypt
GenresEgyptian music
Occupation(s)Vernacular poet
InstrumentsVocals, Oud

Ahmed Fouad Negm (22 May 1929 – 3 December 2013) 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 called "a bit of a folk hero in Egypt" or "el-Fagommi".[1]

Negm was born in Sharqia, Egypt on 22 May 1929.

In 2007, Negm was chosen by the United Nations Poverty Action as Ambassador of the poor. Negm won the 2013 Prince Claus Award for ‘Unwavering Integrity’.[2][3][4]

On 3 December 2013, Negm died at the age of 84 in Cairo, Egypt from a long-illness, aged 84.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Slackman, Michael (13 May 2006). "A Poet Whose Political Incorrectness Is a Crime". New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  2. mlynxqualey. "Ahmed Fouad Negm Wins 2013 Prince Claus Award for 'Unwavering Integrity'". Arabic Literature. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. El-Hewie, Mohamed F. (2013). Islam Facts and Fiction And The Fight For Egypt. USA: Shaymaa Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 978-1493577538.
  4. Daily News Egypt (10 September 2013). "Prince Claus Fund Award goes to Ahmed Fouad Negm". Daily News Egypt.
  5. Hamza Hendawi Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egypt’s ‘poet of the people,’ dies at 84 The Washington Post 4 December 2013
  6. "Egypt bids farewell to people's poet Negm". Al Jazeera. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.

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