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Nile FM celebrates Fairouz birthday

Tuesday 21/November/2017 - 03:08 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Egypt’s radio station “Nile FM” celebrates today، Tuesday، Lebanese iconic star، Nouhad Haddad، known as her stage name, Fairouz، birthday through three programs.

The programs celebration will include a rare interview with Fairouz taken by late radio anchor Wajdi al-Hakim, where she discussed her singing debut, and her focus on singing Lebanese songs.

The iconic Lebanese legend recently released album “Bebalee” on September 22، which came after an absence of more than five years.

Bebalee album consists of 10 songs.

Noteworthy، Nouhad Wadie' Haddad، known as Fairouz، is a Lebanese singer who is one of the most widely admired and deeply respected living singers in the Arab world. Her songs are constantly heard throughout the region.

Fairouz was born on November 20، 1935، to a Lebanese Christian Orthodox family. She is of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith، having converted when she married Assi Rahbani، one of the two Rahbani brothers who helped shape her singing career. 

She is also the mother of the Lebanese composer، pianist and playwright Ziad Rahbani، the late director Layal Rahbani، Lebanese director Rima Rahbani، and Haley Rahbani.

After the artistic divorce between Fairouz and the Rahbani brothers in 1979، Fairouz carried on with her son، composer Ziad Rahbani، his friend the lyricist Joseph Harb، and composer Philemon Wehbe.

She was first noticed at the International Festival of Baalbeck، where she performed many of her songs. 

She became famous after appearing on the "Lebanese Nights" part of the festival for many successive years. 

As the 1960s wore on، Fairouz became known as the "First Lady of Lebanese singing"، as Halim Roumi dubbed her. During this period the Rahbani brothers wrote and composed for her hundreds of famous songs، most of their operettas، and three motion pictures.

In 1969، Fairouz's songs were banned from the radio stations in Lebanon for six months because she refused to sing at a private concert in honour of Algerian President Houari Boumedienne. The incident only served to increase her popularity. 

Fairouz is commonly known as "Ambassador to the Stars"، "Ambassador of the Arabs" after the title of one of her albums، "the Moon's Neighbour" for her song about the moon of Machgara، and the "Jewel of Lebanon".

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