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Imam Mohammad Ahmad Eissa or Sheikh Imam (Arabic: إمام محمد أحمد عيسى ) (July 2, 1918 – June 7, 1995) was a famous Egyptian composer and singer. For most of his life, he formed a duo with the famous Egyptian colloquial poet Ahmad Fouad Negm. Together, they were known for their political songs in favor of the poor and working classes.Read More...
Imam was born to a poor family in the Egyptian village of Abu al-Numrus, Giza governorate. He lost his sight when he was a child . At the age of five he joined a recititation class, where he he memorized the Qur’an. He later moved to Cairo to study where he led a darvish life. In Cairo, Imam met Sheikh Darwish ElHareery, a prominent musical figure at that time, who taught him the basics of music and muwashshah singing. He then worked with the Egyptian composer Zakariyya Ahmad. At that time, he expressed interest in Egyptian folk songs especially those by Sayed Darwish and Abdou ElHamouly. He also performed at weddings and birthdays.