Khaled Al Kammar
Music Composer
In record time, Al Kammar managed to break through one of the most competitive artistic fields and carve a niche among the most prominent composers with more than 40 artworks across films and TV dramas. He made his mark on the music scene through his work, garnering him several local and international awards, culminating with the State Encouragement Award in Arts in 2021. Composing Karim El-Shenawy's QABEEL marked Al Kammar's major breakthrough, and garnered him the Hollywood Music in Media Award, becoming the first Egyptian to receive the award. While his discography includes the S2 and S3 of war drama AL-EKHTEYAR, KHALI BALAK MN ZIZI, FATEN AMAL HARBI, Netflix original series FINDING OLA, and Peter Mimi’s widely successful comedy film FOR ZEKO.

In the last few months Al Kammar composed Kawthar Younis's debut feature MAQASOOM starring Layla Olwiand put his music sign on four series during Ramadan season: the comedy BABA GEH, the full-length Syrian drama WELAD BADEA, the Yehia El Fakharany-led mini-series ATABAT EL BAHGA, and the marital drama BEDON SABEQ ENTHAR starring Asser Yassin.

What's the best advice you have ever been given- or given to others?
Being a film composer makes you a filmmaker more than a musician. Your sole purpose is to tell a story, not to compose music.

What has been your biggest setback/hurdle?
Finding the balance between enjoying the process and meeting the deadlines.

What is the biggest misunderstanding about the Arab World and/or its entertainment industry?
Films play a much bigger role in our daily lives and popular culture than expected. We relate everything to a character or a line from a film. Memes? Almost exclusively based on films. Instrumental music? Almost exclusively film scores.

What will have the greatest game-changing effect on Arab cinema?
Being open to talents from different backgrounds. Last year, two TikTok users won a Grammy award for composing a TikTok musical! We're still far behind in that regard.

How do you recognize real talent?
The definition of talent varies greatly from field to field and even within the same field. Bob Dylan's talents as a singer can't be more different than, say, Stevie Wonder's. I believe that "real talent" can be defined as a mix of individuality, consistency, sincerity, and clarity of artistic vision. I believe these are its essential components, whichever shape or form it takes.