They left us in 2022

In 2022, the Moroccan artistic scene has lost artists of great value, pioneers of the theatrical or musical scene who have marked the memory of several generations.

On January 6, 2022, the artist Omar Dakhouch, one of the founders of the famous musical group Tagada, was the first to leave us at the age of 70, after a long battle with illness. The deceased was one of the emblematic figures popular song, performed by groups drawing on Moroccan heritage, particularly during the 70s and 80s.

Feu Dakhouch was an influential and highly respected member of Tagada, a group he had founded in 1972 alongside Mohammed El Afli, Mustapha Mounafier, Khalid Fdeli and Ahmed Roudani, and which was very well known among Moroccans for many years and was an international success. Regret was known for the single “Fin Lehbab Elli Kanou” and the famous track “Khali ya khali, chehed ala bentek”, where he wanted to tell, through his music, the most popular Moroccan tales.

In the same month, precisely on January 27, 2022, the art scene lost another legend. Moroccan actor Abdellatif Hilal has passed away after a long battle with illness. He was 82 years old. The deceased was one of the pioneers of Moroccan theater and part of the second generation of artists in the theatrical movement in Morocco. His early performances were with amateurs before turning professional in 1967 with the late Tayeb Sadikki’s Masrah Annas band. The late Abdellatif Hilal had evolved in theater, cinema and television.

He managed to impose himself on the theatrical scene with many works, including “Khourafate Al Meskine, Al Seffoudde and Badiâ Al Zaman al Hamdani”. He also participated in national epics with the theater of Tayeb Sadikki, namely “Al Massira Al Khadrrae” and “Al Maghrib ouahed”. The deceased thus succeeded in excelling in several Moroccan and international cinematographic works, in particular “Rasif Al Sekka” and “Al Marhoume” among others.

On February 19, 2022, the National Museums Foundation has announced the death of one of the most important figurative painters in Morocco, the artist Hossein Tallal, at the age of 80. The late, fthey of one of the greatest icons of contemporary art, Feue Chaïbia Tallal, began to paint since his years of training in ironwork, at the vocational school of Casablanca.

His participation in the Salon d’hiver in Marrakech in 1965 won him first prize while his first individual exhibition took place two years later at the Galerie La Roue in Paris. From then on, he participated in several exhibitions around the world, in Spain, Denmark, the United States and Egypt.

the April 15, 2022, Moroccan artist Rachida El Harrak bowed out at the age of 74 following a long illness. The deceased was one of the leading artists of Moroccan theater and national radio in the early 1960s. She made her very first appearances on the theatrical stage with the group “Maâmoura”, alongside the late Mohamed Hassan El Joundi, Habiba El Medkouri, Larbi Doghmi, Abderrazak Hakam and Amina Rachid.

The artist, wife of the writer Mohamed Ahmed El Bassri had also distinguished herself in several Moroccan cinematographic achievements such as “Riad Lmaati”, “Wolves who never die” and “The right to 4 wives”. In addition, she co-founded the “Al Masrah Addahik” troupe with her husband Mohamed El Bassri.

The month of September was a little hard for the Moroccan artistic and cultural milieu. Several artists left us one after another.

On the first day of the month, the death of one of the greatest geniuses of painting and cinema was announced. This is the late Mohamed Abouelouakar who gave up his soul in Russia at the age of 76. The works of the deceased were particularly influenced by the Russian lyricism and the Byzantine miniature. Many of his paintings are characterized by bright colors and an abundance of figures that do not leave a piece of the canvas untouched.

With a rich career ranging from cinema to painting and photography, Abouelouakar succeeded in composing a set of photographs entitled “Sufi Tales” in 1990, while in 1984 he made “Hadda”, the feature film which earned him the Grand Prize at the 2nd Moroccan National Film Festival.

On the 2nd day of the month, we welcomed with sadness the death of the great artist Noureddine Bikr, who passed away at the age of 70 after a long battle with illness. The icon of Moroccan cinema was considered “a sacred monster of the theatrical scene”. He joined the Al Oukhouwa Al Arabiya troupe in 1967 at the age of 14, led by Abdeladim Chennaoui, then began working in performance projects at the age of 17.

The deceased began his professional artistic career by learning the techniques of amateur theater at the Arab Brotherhood, then studied with Professor Abdel Azim E-Shennawy. It was only a few years later that he discovered the school of his master Tayeb Saddiki and made his acting debut in the 1990s with the group Masrah al hay. Bikr has distinguished himself in several works shared between cinema, theater and television, in films such as Zeft by Tayeb Saddiki and La Garde du corps by François Leterrier, as well as Serb al Hamam in 1998 with the actor and director Rachid El Ouali.

On the third day of the same month, the art scene declares another great loss. The pioneer of Moroccan music Fathallah Lamghari passed away at the age of 82 following a heart attack. Lamghari was a talented man, both lyricist, performer and composer, he marked Moroccan generations for almost half a century with songs such as “Allah Ala Raha”, “Faynek Al Hbib” and “Wallah manta maana”.

The Moroccan artist has notably composed the texts of songs that have known real successes such as “Maghiyara”, “Kass El Bellar” and “Mouhal Ynessak Elbal” for which he wrote the lyrics, in addition to the patriotic song “Nidaa Al Hassan ” which he wrote on the occasion of the Green March.

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