Zekra Mohamed Abd Allah Al Dali (Arabic: ذكرى محمد عبدالله الدالي; September 16, 1966 â€“ November 28, 2003), better known as Zekra (Arabic: ذكرى also spelled, Zekra or Zekra) was a Tunisian singer. The word "Thekra" is Arabic for a memory or memorial.
She was the eighth youngest among her siblings Tawfeeq, Mohsin, Al Sayyidah, Salwa, Al Habeeb, Hajar, Kawthar and Wedaad. She attended elementary school in Wadi Al Lail and later transferred to to Al Khaznadar (Arabic script: الخزندار) elementary school to complete her studies.
She started performing at school, her father was very supportive while her mother didn`t accept it. After her father`s death her mother started to support her as her brothers and sisters did. In 1980, she performed in the TV show "Fan Wa Mawahib" (Arabic: فن و مواهب), which impressed the judges and Ez Al Deen Al Ayyashi noticed her, so she joined the show`s chorus. In 1983 she had her first own song composed by "Abdul Hameed Khareef". In the same year, she performed at the Carthage festival.
Later she joined the Tunisian Radio and TV National band, vocal group section and that`s when she met "Abdul rahman Al Ayyadi" who composed many of her songs later. At the time Thekra was known with her powerful "voice" and her ability to perform any kind of Arab genres including "Qasa`ed", "Mowashahaat" and "Tarab" songs.
Zekra in Egypt
After her career in Libya, she moved back to Tunisia for a while but then she went to Egypt and begins her career to be known in the whole Arab World. In Egypt, she met the musician "Hani Mihanna" who produced 2 albums of her and they are "Wehyati Andak" in the year 1995 which was an instant hit in the Arab world, until then she was known in the West side of the Arab world only but after that album she became widely known all over the Arab world. Mr. Mihnna also produced her 2nd and last album with her which was "Ashar Ma3a Sertak" in the year 1997.
Few months later of the year 1997 she released another album with a different producer which was "Al Asami" and in the year 2000 "Yana". Her last release album in Egypt was Youm Aleek in the year 2003 only 3 days before her murder!
Her voice was very powerful and that`s made the great composers in Egypt notice her such as "Salah Al Sharnoobi" and "Hilmi Bakir".
Here greatest hits performed in Egyptian Arabic were:
* "Wehyati Andak" ( و حياتي عندك).
* "Mish Kol Hob" ( مش كل حب).
* "Youm Aleek" ( يوم عليك).
* "Bahlam Beloqak" ( بحلم بلقاك).
* "Al Asami" ( الاسامي).
* "Yana" ( يانا).
* "Ya Azeez Aini" ( يا عزيز عيني).
* "Law Ya Habeebi" ( لو يا حبيبي).
* "Ya Khofi" ( يا خوفي).
Thekra in GCC and Gulf region
Thekra performed many songs and album in different Arab dialects including "Khaleeji".
She released many Khaleeji albums and they are:
* Thekra 1(1998).
* Thekra 2(2002).
* Thekra 3 (2003).
* "Wish Maseeri" (2003).
She also performed many duets with Khaleeji singers such as Abo Bakir Salim in the song "Mishghil Al Tafkeer", and duet with Mohammed Abdo in the year (2003). She was going to perform a duet with Abdullah Al Rowaished but she was killed before recording it.
Her greatest hits in Gulf Arabic are:
* "Elain El Youm" ( الين اليوم).
* "Wainik Enta" ( وينك انت).
* "Ma Feeni Shai" (ما فيني شي).
* "Ahibbik Moot" ( احبك موت).
* "Ghayib" ( غايب).
* "Al Jarh" ( الجرح).
* "Qalaha" ( قالها).
* "Hatha Ana" ( هذا انا).
* "Al Mesafir" ( المسافر).
On November 28 2003, she was murderd by her husband Ayman Al Sowaidi with 16 bullets using a machine gun. He also killed his manager, then committed suicide. Crowds of people and celebrities went out to the streets mourning her death. She was going to be buried in Egypt but Latifa immediately called "Hala Sarhan" and the prince "Al Waleed Bin Talal" the owner of Rotana, the producer of Thekra`s last album alive "Youm Aleek", who rented her an airplane to take her to Tunisia.
Zekra All Albums