Renowned composer Khaled Al Kammar geared up for the this Ramadan season with great enthusiasm and intensive efforts as he presents the musical scores for three completely different works in this year’s Ramadan race. The Egyptian musician has participated in many of the most important TV works in recent years, collaborating with the most prominent stars and directors. Throughout his artistic career of more than 10 years, El Kammar has presented more than 30 works that combined cinema and television, showcasing his unique artistic signature and style, and winning numerous local and international awards, including the Encouragement State Prize for the arts in 2021.
He earned a name for himself in the music industry through his efforts, which led to him winning numerous national and international accolades, including the State Encouragement Award in Arts in 2021.
Following Ahmed Abdalla’s Décor in 2014, which received the Best Music Award at the Egyptian Catholic Center for Cinema Festival, Al-Kammar began his career as a soundtrack composer with Asham (2012) in 2012, which earned him the Best Soundtrack Award from the Cairo Film Society.
He served as a composer’s assistant for a number of well-known works throughout his studies, including those by Hesham Nazih for Mohamed Yassin’s AFRAH EL-QOBBA, Marwan Hamed’s THE ORIGINALS, Hani Khalifa’s EUGENIE NIGHTS, and Khaled Hammad’s VALENTINO and HIDDEN WORLDS, which starred Adel Emam.
Al-Kammar is distinguished by a profound comprehension of the nature of the play and its relationship to music. He is able to go into the character’s most basic and exact characteristics and uncover their hidden emotions, translating them into abstract ideas and ultimately into musical notes that speak of the character and the drama as a whole.
The composition of Karim El-QABEEL, Shenawy’s which was unusual and represented the series’ gripping subject that takes place in the grim underworld, was Al-significant Kammar’s breakthrough.
After that, he collaborated with some of the most well-known figures in the TV drama industry, including Amr Salam on PARANORMAL, Netflix’s first production in Egypt, where Al-Kammar departed from the conventional horror series soundtrack style, which is characterised by high notes used primarily to heighten the suspense felt by the audience.
As an example, Shiraz’s theme, which incorporates female humming and expresses the ghost’s fearful character from the beginning of the series, also deftly evokes feelings of pity after it is revealed that Shiraz is only an innocent child. Instead, he used quieter and slower rhythms to sow terror and anticipation based on the stories of the characters.
Brass instruments with strict tunes dominated by the rhythms of military marches were mixed with string instruments like the oud, zither, and oriental woodwind instruments in the main themes of Al EKHTEYAR’s second and third seasons’ music to express the show’s fundamental themes of sacrifice and dignity.
Due to the seamless and smooth nature of string instruments, which effectively convey the depth and shifts in feminine characters, Al-prowess Kammar’s in expressing the female character in many artworks using them benefited from his tendency to turn drama into music and the use of dramatic characters.
The main theme of the heroine in the social comedy series KHALI BALAK MN ZIZI (2021), which is directed and written by Mariam Naoum’s Sard workshop, is connected to the mandolin.
However, Nelly Karim’s FATEN AMAL HARBI series, which was aired during Ramadan 2022, treats its subjects differently. Al-Kammar won the Best Music Prize for this series at the inaugural Cairo Drama Festival.
Al-Kammar selected the oud and zither to be the principal instruments because the heroine is going through a severe crisis with social and political ramifications that are ingrained in society.
Al-Kammar and Netflix were finally reunited for the Hadi El-Bagoury helmed female drama FINDING OLA, which also starred Hend Sabry. The series had a surprising success musically as well as on the dramatic or comedic levels, especially with regard to the internal songs that Al-Kammar chose to incorporate into the scene’s creation rather than just relegate to the background.
In addition, he collaborated for the first time with filmmaker Peter Mimi on the science fiction film MOUSA (2021), with whom he also co-wrote the successful FOR ZEKO (2022).
Al-Kammar also provided the music for Ahmed Khaled Mousa’s 2020 film THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD, which starred Mohamed Emam, Yasmeen Raess, and Fathy Abdel Wahab.
Along with his work in film and television dramas, Al-Kammar also contributed to a number of well-known commercials, including two featuring the elite footballer Mohamed Salah, Tamer Mohsen’s YOU’RE STRONGER THAN DRUGS, Rob Sander’s award-winning Alexandria Bank commercial, and Amr Salama’s 100 Million Healthy Lives commercial with Sawsan Badr.