Google Doodle Celebrates Saudi Arabia’s Superstar “Golden Throat”
On what would have been his 78th birthday, Google doodle today celebrates the anniversary of Saudi singer and composer Talal Al Maddah who was affectionately known by his fans as ‘Golden Throat’
Born on August 5, 1940 in Makkah, Maddah’s career spanned nearly 50 years and he composed over a thousand songs while having a substantial influence over the 20th century Arab culture.
After watching his first concert with a full orchestra during a wedding ceremony in the mid-1950s, he was introduced to a director at Radio Jeddah, Abbas Ghazzawi who encouraged him to go to the radio station and record his first song.
His first song “Wardak Ya Zarea Al Ward” which translates to Your Rose, Grower of Roses was a huge success and was aired daily on the radio.
After achieving national fame in 1960’s and receiving massive air play on Cairo radio channels, his music started spreading to the rest of the Arab world and later in 1965, he starred in a movie titled Fog Street, with Lebanese singer Sabah.
Talal Al Maddah died of heart attack at the age of 60 shortly after performing one of his famous songs during a live television performance show on Saudi Arabian TV on August 11, 2000.
While his 1976 song Maqadir became the first song from the Hijazi region of Saudi Arabia to gain wide popularity, he was recorded as the first Saudi artiste to receive awards outside of the kingdom.
The ‘doodle’ is on display to Google users in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and much of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the UAE, as well as all of North Africa.