mohammed rashidMohammed Rashid (محمد راشد) was born in 1946 in the Bab El Bahr area of Tripoli, Libya’s capital and largest city. He began performing in the 1960s under the direction of composer Nadim Kazim (نديم كاظم), who also composed the A-side of this single, one of Rashid’s most famous songs, Baligh Salami (بلغ سلامي). He reached the peak of his fame in the 1970s. One of his songs, La B‘adik Zihina (لا بعدك زهينا), was banned from radio broadcast by the regime of Muammar Al-Gadhafi for its supposed message favorable to deposed King Idris. He also attained some measure of success in Lebanon, where the famous Rahbani brothers adapted some of his songs, such as Anshadta ‘Alik (انشدت عليك). He continued to perform until the 1990s, when he withdrew from music. He was honored for his contribution to Libyan music at the Libyan Song Festival in 2002, and performed some of his old songs as part of the same festival in 2007.

He passed away on the morning of November 20, 2012.

محمد راشد – لوقلتيلك أنسى (Fairuzphone, date unknown)