Today، Wednesday، 10-1-2018، marks the 60th birthday of the Moroccan-Egyptian Arabic pop singer، Diva Samira Said.
Samira Said is widely known in the Arab World and was nicknamed with many titles but for being unique، she was nicknamed the "DIVA"، and considered to be one of the most famous performers both in Egypt and the Arab world، with a long history that goes beyond 30 years.
Samira began singing at the age of nine، and was discovered in a music program "Mawaheb" broadcast on Royal Moroccan TV، then moved to Egypt where her fame around the Arab world began.
She has dual nationality of Morocco and Egypt; her resident home as she moved to Cairo back in the year 1977.
She has all her albums in the Egyptian dialect of Arabic but she also recorded some songs in the Moroccan dialect of Arabic، such as، Kifash Tlakina، Fayetli sheftek shi marra، Sarkouh، and Al Behhara.
Said is known for singing Ben Leef، Sayidati Sadati، Malich Enwan، Akher Hawa، Hawa Hawa، Bel Salama، Ayza Aish، Kan Mali، Youm Wara Youm، Aal bal، and others.
She worked with the Egyptian composer Mohamed El Mougi، sang and acted in the film Saaktob Ismak Ala Arrimal، which included her singing "Yadamiiti Haddi".
Said has produced more than 20 albums and has also won more than 40 awards.
Halina Hopkis called Said "an emblem of trans-nationality in her moves between Morocco and Egypt as well the different awards and shows she has received and participated in as a representative of the Arabic music community".
Samira mainly sings in Egyptian Arabic، cooperating with many Cairo musicians and composers. Hopkins said that "One of the main reasons Said’s music is so popular in Egypt and the Middle East is because of the tonal beauty of her voice against the background instrumentation. The centrality of her voice represents her personal influence in her work.
Said spearheaded concerts to draw people together after the 2006 riots in immigrant suburbs across France، and to bring about solidarity between all religions.
“Sada el Balad” offer you Samira Said’s Top 5 songs: