- Awatef Abdel Kerim
(b Alexandria, Oct 5, 1945). Egyptian composer. He took his first music lessons at the experimental music school in Helwan. At the age of 16 he continued his piano studies at the Cairo Conservatory, where he also studied composition with Gamal Abdel-Rahim and the Russian composer Guovany Michaelov. At that time he was already writing music for films and playing Egyptian light music in ensembles. After graduating in 1972 he pursued his musical studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Khachaturian (diploma, 1976). He then joined the Department of Composition and Conducting at the Cairo Conservatory, becoming an assistant professor there in 1997 teaching composition.
Salama’s output consists largely of popular music, especially orchestrated popular solo songs. His work in this field enjoys a wide popularity in Egypt and in Arab countries. He also composes for film, stage and television. Among his more serious art works is the opera-ballet ...