Fairuz is one of the most celebrated and influential singers in the Arab world. Her discography spans more than six decades and includes over 800 songs in various genres and languages. She has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and has been awarded numerous honors and accolades for her artistic achievements and cultural contributions.
Fairuz was born as Nuhad Haddad in Beirut in 1934. She began her musical career as a chorus member at the Lebanese Radio Station in the late 1940s, where she met the Rahbani brothers, Assi and Mansour, who became her main composers and producers. She married Assi Rahbani in 1955 and they had four children: Ziad, Layal, Hali and Rima.
Fairuz's early songs featured her distinct vocal timbre and lyrics expressing romantic love and nostalgia for village life. They meshed with a delicate orchestral blend in which certain Arab instruments figured prominently but which also subtly incorporated European instruments and popular dance rhythms. She also sometimes sang adaptations of Arab folk tunes or classical poems.
By the early 1960s, Fairuz was already one of the main attractions of the annual Baalbeck Festivals and a celebrity not only in Lebanon but throughout the Arab world. The dissemination of hundreds of songs, many musical plays and several films had widened her audience to include Arabs living in Europe and the Americas.
Fairuz's discography reflects her versatility and creativity as a singer and an artist. She has collaborated with various composers and lyricists besides the Rahbani brothers, such as Sayed Darwish, Zaki Nassif, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, PhilÃmon WehbÃ, Najib Hankash, Mohamed Mohsen and Ziad Rahbani (her son). She has explored different musical styles and genres, such as Andalusian, Byzantine, jazz, Latin, opera and rock. She has sung in Arabic, Aramaic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Some of her most famous albums include Rajioun (1957), A Bouquet from Fairuz (1959), Jerusalem in My Heart (1967), Good Friday Eastern Sacred Songs (1967), Wahdon (1979), Maarefti Feek (1987), Shat Iskandaria (1987), Kifak Inta (1991) and Bebalee (2017). Some of her most iconic songs include \"Nehna Wel Amar Jiran\" (\"We and the Moon Are Neighbors\"), \"Zahrat Al Mada'en\" (\"The Flower of Cities\"), \"Habbaytak Bissayf\" (\"I Loved You in Summer\"), \"Al Bosta\" (\"The Bus\"), \"Le Beirut\" (\"To Beirut\"), \"Oudak Rannan\" (\"Your Lute Is Joyful\") and \"Kifak Inta\" (\"How Are You\").
Fairuz is widely regarded as a symbol of Lebanon's cultural identity and unity. She is also revered as a voice of peace and hope in the region and beyond. Her music has inspired generations of listeners and artists across the world. She is still active and performing at the age of 86.
Fairuz has also received numerous awards and honors for her musical excellence and cultural impact. She has been awarded the highest medals of honor by several Lebanese presidents, such as Camille Chamoun, Fouad Chehab and Suleiman Frangieh. She has also been honored by other Arab leaders, such as King Hussein of Jordan, President Nureddin al-Atassi of Syria and President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia.
In addition, Fairuz has been recognized by international organizations and institutions for her artistic contributions and humanitarian efforts. She has been awarded the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres and the Chevalier de la LÃgion d'honneur by France, the Key to the Holy City by the Jerusalem Cultural Committee, and an honorary doctorate from the American University of Beirut. She has also performed at prestigious venues such as the United Nations General Assembly Lobby, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Olympia and Salle Pleyel in Paris.
Fairuz is widely regarded as a symbol of Lebanon's cultural identity and unity. She is also revered as a voice of peace and hope in the region and beyond. Her music has inspired generations of listeners and artists across the world. She is still active and performing at the age of 86. aa16f39245