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Amal Hijazi releases Duaa “Yarab … Ana Abdak Yarab”

Tuesday 15/May/2018 - 01:43 PM
Amal Hijazi
Amal Hijazi
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Lebanese singer، Amal Hijazi released Monday on her official Instagram account Duaa “Yarab … Ana Abdak Yarab”، for the holy month of Ramadan.

She captioned the video saying: ""Yarab … Ana Abdak Yarab" my Dua for Ramadan".

“Yarab … Ana Abdak Yarab” is written and composed by Ali Fathy.

The Dua is distributed and recorded by Husam Al - Saabi Studio.

It is scheduled for a number of singers to release Dua during the holy month of Ramadan، including Angham، Ali El Haggar، Khaled El Nabawy، and others.

Noteworthy، Amal Hijazi is a Lebanese singer. Her first single Halan ("Right Away") was released in 2000 and acted as a catalyst for Hijazi to establish herself as a major female artist in Lebanon. The single was well received in Lebanon and gained generally positive reviews in countries like Egypt and Jordan. In addition، it received moderate radio airplay in the rest of the Middle East. Surprised by the success of "Halan"، Hijazi's managers asked her to record another. Hijazi's second single Rayyah Balak ("Put Your Mind at Ease") was released a year later، for which she also shot a music video. Rayyah Balak was a surprising success. The single was charted strongly around the Middle East and the music video gained extremely positive reviews from both critics and fans.

On the same year her debut album Akher Gharam was released followed the lead single of the same name. The album was produced by Dilara Master Production and distributed by Music Master.

Hijazi made history in 2001، when her album became the highest selling debut album ever released by a female artist. It was ranked as the eighth highest selling Arabic album of 2001 by Chart Magazine.

In addition، Hijazi broke the record of having all her four singles debut at number one in countries like Lebanon، Egypt، Syria، Morocco and Tunisia. Akher Gharam was also a considerable success outside the Middle East especially in Malaysia، which led her to perform at the Malaysian Popular Star Award in October 2002. Riding a wave of publicity and hype، Hijazi released her second studio album، Zaman (Long Ago). Preceded by the single of the same name، the album proved to be an instant bestseller. It debuted at number one in a number of countries like Lebanon، Egypt، Syria، Morocco and UAE. Concerning both musical content and lyrics، the album was very similar to Hijazi's debut، although it fared better with critics. According to Hijazi's production company Dilara Master Production، the album has in fact surpassed expectations in the number of breaking figures in the music market all over the world، despite of the heavy competition Hijazi had had with a number of other Arabic female singers like Elissa.

The title track، "Zaman" went on top become one of the biggest hits ever in the Middle East and to date is still considered to be Hijazi's signature song. Another single "Romansiya" was also a big hit for Hijazi، continuing the streak of hit singles off of her second album. The music video for "Romancia" was one of the most popular of 2003 under the direction of Mirna Khayat. By the end of the year it was announced that Zaman was one of the highest selling albums ever released by a female artist. It was also in fact the album's huge success that made Hijazi sign her multimillion-dollar promotional deal with Panasonic.

On September 4، 2017، she declared her retirement from singing on her social media accounts and wore hijab.

She headed to perform religious chants and songs، where she asked an Egyptian songwriter to write for her several religious chants and songs، which will be presented at intervals as “single” songs، especially at religious events، and during the month of Ramadan.

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