The Saudi Ministry of Culture announces the establishment of the Tariq Abdul Hakim Museum in Jeddah


The Saudi Ministry of Culture announced the establishment of a music museum for the late artist Tariq Abdel Hakim in the city of Jeddah, with contents that express the richness of the local musical history and the contributions of the late artist to the art march in Saudi Arabia.

The museum will be inaugurated at the end of 2022 and will be held permanently in Beit Al-Menoufi, in the historical region of Al-Balad, which is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014.

The museum includes a collection of the archive and personal belongings of Tariq Abdel Hakim, including musical instruments and reels for his recordings, photo albums, some musical compositions by major Arab singers such as Umm Kulthum and Abdel Wahab, as well as visual and audio documents of Tariq Abdel Hakim as he performs his compositions with others, and his musical compositions from national songs and others.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”, the museum is divided into two main parts: the first is to display the personal history of the late artist, and the second will be a music research center that includes articles and writings on Saudi music as well as research on the music of the Arab world, and will serve music researchers looking to expand their knowledge of various music. .

Tariq Abdul Hakim is considered one of the symbols of Saudi culture, and the museum comes in recognition of the efforts he made in serving his country in the fields of culture and music, which made him one of the influential pioneers in shaping the Saudi musical identity.

The museum will preserve the history made by the late artist and the musical heritage in general.

Tariq Abdul Hakim is known as the Dean of Saudi Art, as he was a composer, singer, music researcher, historian who collects documents and musical instruments, and was interested in folk arts and was a leader of a band.

Abdul Hakim was born in 1338/1920 AD in the suburb of Al-Muthanna in Taif, and he excelled since his youth in singing local songs and performing the famous dance arts and popular music in Taif, before he got acquainted with the contemporary and new oud and music in the western region.

After joining the army, he was sent to Egypt in 1952 as the first Saudi to study the music of the military band, and he learned there to read and write musical notes, and at that time he composed and recorded musical pieces, some of which were sung by Arab artists, and were used on the Egyptian radio. When he returned to the Kingdom, he established the Saudi Army Music School in 1954 AD, and trained 14 ensembles for a full military march that was distributed to different cities and regions of the Kingdom.

Tariq Abdel Hakim took an interest in the national folklore. He has written more than a dozen books and manuscripts covering regional music, instruments, and musicians, and has written several works on a range of cultural and heritage topics from traditional food to games, myths and sayings. Moreover; He has authored more than 500 compositions and several popular songs. In 1972 Tariq Abdel Hakim helped establish the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts.

In 1976, Tariq Abdel Hakim was appointed head of the folklore department in the Kingdom. He also formed a national group that performs at major events.

He won recognition locally and internationally. In 1981, he won the UNESCO International Prize for Music as the first Arab to receive this award and the sixth musician in the world to be awarded this honor.

In 1983, he was elected president of the Arab Music Council of the League of Arab States, and in 1987 he was re-elected as the representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Is seeking a ministry the culture Until the Tariq Abdel Hakim Museum be an inspiring and inclusive platform for new generations of those interested in music SaudiThey draw from it their history and musical knowledge, and rely on them for their research and creative projects.

The Ministry’s selection of the late artist comes in the context of its keenness to celebrate and honor the pioneers of art and culture in the Kingdom, through qualitative activities that reveal to the general public the size of the influential contributions made by these pioneers in the process of Saudi creativity.

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