Monday, November 29, 2010

Top 20 Arabic Songs of the Year

Here is a countdown of the Top 20 Arabic Songs of the Year according to an unofficial poll of/by Stanford University students, faculty and staff.  The songs listed below begin with number 20 and end with number 1.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Podcast of "Mediterraneans: Top 20 Arabic Songs of 2010"

This radio show originally aired live on Thursday November 25, 2010 (Thanksgiving Day) on KZSU 90.1 FM.  Throughout the show, I played the Top 20 Arabic Songs of the Year according to poll of/by Stanford University students.

Click on link below to listen/download the show

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fairuz Sings the Words from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Famous Speech

The lyrics to "اومن" (I Believe) in Arabic (see below) were loosely translated from the MLK speech by the Rahabni Brothers in 1964ز

Listen to the song here while reading the lyrics in Arabic below (followed by the English excerpts from the original MLK speech for those who don't read Arabic)

اومن أن خلف الحبات الوادعات تزهو جنات. اومن أن خلف الليل العاتي الأمواج يعلو سراج. اومن أن القلب الملقى في الأحزان يلقى الحنان ... كلي إيمان... اومن أن خلف الريح الهوجاء شفاه تتلو الصلاة.  اومن أن في صمت الكون المقفل مَن يصغي لي... أني إذ ترنو عيناي للسماء تصفو الأضواء، تعلو الألحان ... كلي إيمان

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed" (Martin Luther King Jr., 1964)

Fairuz Sings the Words from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Famous Speech

The lyrics to "اومن" (I Believe) in Arabic (see below) were loosely translated from the MLK speech by the Rahabni Brothers in 1964ز

Listen to the song here while reading the lyrics in Arabic below (followed by the English excerpts from the original MLK speech for those who don't read Arabic)

اومن أن خلف الحبات الوادعات تزهو جنات. اومن أن خلف الليل العاتي الأمواج يعلو سراج. اومن أن القلب الملقى في الأحزان يلقى الحنان ... كلي إيمان... اومن أن خلف الريح الهوجاء شفاه تتلو الصلاة.  اومن أن في صمت الكون المقفل مَن يصغي لي... أني إذ ترنو عيناي للسماء تصفو الأضواء، تعلو الألحان ... كلي إيمان

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed" (Martin Luther King Jr., 1964)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tamer Hosni Performs "Hotel California" Live in Concert

Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny recently rocked the house (casbah, bayt, etc.) with his live rendition of the Eagles' hit "Hotel California."
The singer performed the track during his recent Marina 2010 Concert in Egypt.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Amr Diab Live in Las Vegas this Saturday October 16

Egyptian Pop superstar Amr Diab--whose career in music spans well over 2 decades--will be performing in Las Vegas this Saturday, October 16 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV

Amr Diab will be performing on October 16th in MGM Arena, Las Vegas.
Stay tuned on the official website for more info and how to win tickets to the concert


Monday, October 11, 2010

Arabic TV Report on Fans and Celebrities Who Attended Fairuz's Concert

Arabic TV Report on Fans and Celebrities Who Attended Fairuz's Concert.

Among those in attendance was Egyptian actor Adel Imam, singer Marwan Khoury, and actress Ahlam.

News Report about Fairuz's BIEL Concert on Arabic TV

News report in Arabic features highlights from Fairuz's concert at BIEL.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fairuz's New Album has Just Been Released!

Fairuz's new album, titled ايه في أمل has just been released, one day after her trimphal return to the stage this week where the 75 year old singer sang to sold out audiences at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center for two consecutive nights. 

Brand New Pictures of Fairuz from her BIEL Concert this Week

Here are some brand new pictures of legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz, taken during her sold our two-night concerts in Beirut (October 6 and 7, 2010).  The 75 year old singer sang to sold out audiences at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center for two consecutive nights and performed several new songs from her upcoming new CD which is due out in stores this week.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Souad Massi's New Album to be Released on Nov. 8!

The long awaited new album by Algerian singer Souad Massi will be officially released on November 8th this year.  The first single off the album is titled "Houria" (Freedom) and can be previewed for free on Souad's official web page at
Here is the CD cover and the list of tracks:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tania Saleh: Amazing Vocals, Addictive Songs

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Tania Saleh resurrects modern Arabic music with her amazing vocals and talent

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Tania Saleh is a young author composer interpreter, graduated from the "Sorbonne" in Paris, who dares to broach subjects never treated before in the Arabic song.
One of her very first song (Aalamiyyeh) deals with "globalization " and was selected by RFI to be included in its compilation "Arabesque".
. We find in her texts a little bit of cynicism, a lot of black humor with a caustic bend, a definite talent for writing and a style recognizable among thousands. Usually, beautiful texts are served by a simple melody and simple harmonization. It is not the case with Tania Saleh. The musical arrangements are sophisticated: the riffs of the rock guitar, the riq, the groovy bass are in a perfect dialogue with the kanoun, the oud and the acoustic guitar. An old Rhodes and a Hammond B3 accompany the whole band.
The musicians who collaborated to this project are: Issam Hajj Ali, Charbel Rouhana, Mihran Gurunian, Mounir Khawli, Iman Homsi, Mazen Siblini, Emile Boustani, Roger Abi Akl, Ali el Khatib and Toni Anka
On these days where albums are prepared like "fast food", Philippe Tohmé or "Abou Tarek", husband of Tania Saleh (happy example of a mixed marriage) did not want to deliver from his recording machine anything except an album which attains a maturity level which approaches perfection. This lasted five years.
The songs were recorded in numerous styles before being produced in the final form. Professionals around the world were stunned by the quality of the work even before it was mastered in the most prestigious studio in the world: Abbey Road in London by the legendary Chris Blair. This attention to details continues in the scenic performance. I will have the pleasure of managing and producing Tania Saleh with the help of real talented professionals hoping that this will be the first stone in establishing a new school.
There are those who lament watching the Arabic musical scene. We have chosen to act.

Tania Kassis: La Soprano du Liban

Tania Kassis started her first singing lessons at the age of 16, and gave her first solo opera concert at 17. The next year, she interpreted Cosette in the Musical « Les Misérables » at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut.

In July 2001, she is chosen to represent Lebanon in the Fourth Francophone Games (les IVème Jeux de la Francophonie) in Ottawa-Hull (Canada), where the local press said: "cette sirène du pays des cèdres qui a embrasé son public qui lui a réservé une ovation debout" (Journal Le Droit).

This participation had such a success that she was granted the Medal of the town of Ottawa-Hull, the Lebanese Achievement Medaland anExcellency Certificat by « The Canadian Lebanese Professional and Business Association of Ottawa ».

In 2003, she enters the Paris Conservatory in the class of Mr Pierre Catala, qualified by the Julliard School of New York. During this period, she discovers the Musicals and she gives a concert « Special Musicals » at the conservatory and then at the Estivals of Deir el Qamar (Lebanon).

In October 2006, she becomes a member and soloist of the Choir of the Paris Orchestra (le Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris) and participate regularly to it's concerts at the prestigious Salle Pleyel.

In June 2007, she presents ETERNAL LEBANON (Eternel Liban) at the UNESCO Palace of Paris with a repertoire representing the Lebanese cultural diversity, mixing classical music to oriental and occidental music."Elle réussi la gageure de cet essor au niveau international" L'Orient-Le-Jour.

In August , she presents « L'Amour à l'Américaine », a jazzy concert that had a huge success at the Faqra Festival, and finishes the year 2007 with a big Christmas Concert untitled : "Christmas From The Movies" at the Palais des Congrès of Beirut, accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra and movies projections. This concert was attended by more than 1500 persons!

2008 was very rich in concerts: "From Mozart to Gershwin" and her role of Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera" in Paris, a concert in New York for the 125th anniversary of Gibran Khalil Gibran, "The Magic of Broadway" in Lebanon that received excellent comments in the press: "Une voix qui ensorcelle et séduit. Cette voix, on l'écouterait les yeux fermés juste pour le plaisir de la musique" L'Orient-Le-Jour.

She finished the year with a Latin American Concert Tour passing by Venezuela and Colombia, and a concert at the UNESCO Palace of Paris celebrating again the 125th anniversary of Gibran Khalil Gibran and sharing the stage with the famous french singer Francis Lalanne.

In 2009, Tania Kassis presented 2 Islamo-Christian Concerts in Paris & in Beirut. She composed for this occasion an "Islamo-Christian AVE" (an Ave Maria mixed with the Muezzin "Allah Akbar".

She performed in July at the "Christian Song Summer Festival" in Batroun, twice in August at the Faqra Festival ("Around The World" Concert and "Around The Virgin Mary" Concert), and in September at the Saida International Festival organised by Mrs Bahia Hariri "Oumsiya Loubnania".

Tania Kassis has also been invited to be part of the big Opening of the VIth Francophony Games that took place at the "Cité Sportive" in Beirut and that was attended by 30,000 persons as well as the Lebanese President Michel Sleimane, the French First Minister François Fillon, Mr Abdou Diouf, the Prince Albert II of Monaco and other lebanese and international personalities. Tania Kassis sang her "Islamo-Christian AVE " to represent the city of BEIRUT!

In November she offered a second concert in Colombia at the Teatro de Bellas Artes de Bogota that had a big success. She also sang a Maronite Mass at the famous Catedral de Sal that has been transmitted by several local television channels. She ended the year participating to the Second Festival of Sacred Music (Beirut Chant) with her “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Concert at St Louis Capucin Church.

On February 14th 2010, Tania Kassis has been asked by the Lebanese Prime Minister Mr Saad Hariri to sing theIslamo-Christian AVE at the Martyr Square during the big commemoration of Rafic Hariri’s death in front of more than 200,000 persons. Following this performance, the Pope Benoît XVI asked the Prime Minister to send him a copy of this common prayer!

CD Releases:

"Oriental Colors": a mixture of International ans Lebanese songs including different music styles going from Jazz to Bossa Nova and from Traditional to Techno songs with contributions from many renowned musicians and DJs such as Elias Rahbani, Michel Fadel, Jad Mhanna, Said Mrad, Fabrice Mantegna (Tenor of the group ERA) and other Lebanese and French artists.

"Islamo-Christian AVE": An inspired arrangement of Ave Maria accompanied by the Adhan "Allah Akbar"

Some of Tania Kassis’ main performances


2009: Islamo-Christian Concert organized by the World Lebanese Cultural Union and the Lebanese Businessman’s Association of France at Collège des Bernardins in Paris. In March,special Participation honoring the Lebanese President Michel Sleimane at the occasion of his trip to Paris

2008: Concert with the famous french singer Francis Lalanne for the 125 Anniversary of Gibran Khalil Gibran at the UNESCO Palace in Parisorganized by the World Lebanese Cultural Union and the Lebanese Businessman’s Association of France. Role of Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera" (Private concerts in costume) "From Mozart to Gershwin" Concert at Conservatoire Francis Poulenc in Paris

2007: "Eternel Liban" Concert at UNESCO-Paris, under the High Patronage of the Lebanese Delegation of the UNESCO and her Excellency Mrs Sylvie Fadlallah, and with the support of the Lebanese Tourism Information Office of Paris. The aim of this concert was to promote the Lebanese cultural diversity (France)

2005: "Special Musicals" concert at Conservatoire Francis Poulenc in Paris


2008: Concert for the 125 Anniversary of Gibran Khalil Gibran at Colombia University in New York, organized by the New Pen’s League


2001: Represented Lebanon at the « 4th Francophony Games » in Ottawa-Hull


2008: Fundraising concert in Caracas for the Lebanese Red Cross


2009: Fundraising concert in the Teatro de Bellas Artes de Bogota for the “Nuestra Senora del Libano” Association & Big Mass Celebration in the famous Catedral de Sal in Bogota, transmitted on local television channels

2008: Fundraising concert at the Club Nogal in Bogota for the “Nuestra Senora del Libano” Association


2010: Fifth Commemoration of P.M. Rafic Hariri’s Death at the Martyr Square on February 14 with the “Islamo-Christian AVE”.

2009: Second Festival of Sacred Music (Beirut Chant) “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Concert at St Louis Capucin Church Opening of the VIth Francophony Games, International Saida Festival with « Oumsiya Loubnania », Faqra Summer Festival« Around The World » Concert, Faqra Summer Festival « Around The Virgin Mary » Concert & Christian Song Summer Festivalof Batroun(Lebanon) Islamo-Christian Concerts organized by the World Lebanese Cultural Union and the Lebanese Businessman’s Association of France at Campus des Sciences Humaines in Beirut

2008: Faqra Summer Festival, «The Magic of Broadway» written & created by Tania Kassis

2007: "Christmas From The Movies" concert at the Palais des Congrès & Faqra Summer Festival with a jazzy concert"L’Amour à l’Américaine”

2006: "I'm Dreaming of a White Peaceful Christmas", concert for Peace at the Jesuits Church (Lebanon)

2005: Deir el Qamar Festival with "The Magic Of The Musicals" written and created by Tania Kassis

2002: Al Bustan Festival, concert promoting young Lebanese talents (Lebanon)

2001- 2003: Several Charity Concerts in Lebanon

1999-2000: Soloist of the Lycée Franco-Libanais Choir, directed by Mrs Noha Hatem (Lebanon)

May 2000: Role of Cosette in «The Miserables» sponsored by the French Cultural Center (UNESCO-Lebanon)

May 1999: First classical and religious concert at the Notre Dame des Dons Church (Lebanon)

Podcast from my latest KZSU radio guest spot available

If you missed my latest guest spot on KZSU 90.1 FM  you can now download/listen to the podcast (for free) at

My Playlist:
FairuzRah Nebqa SawaMaarifti FeekEMI Arabia
Tamer HosniFairuz
Abeer NehmeShayif el Bahr
Tania KassisOunchoudat BayroutOriental ColorsMagnum Records
Adam NordénA PrayerZozo SoundtrackWarner Brothers Records
Tania SalehSlow Down
Zeid & The WingsCastles of SandZeid & The WingsLebanese Underground
FairuzUghniyat al WadaaKifak IntaEMI Arabia

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ramzi Salti Live on KZSU 90.1 FM on Monday October 4th at noon (PST)

Marhaba everyone!

My next radio guest spot on Stanford's KZSU 90.1 FM's "Lunch Special" Show is scheduled for Monday October 4th from Noon - 1 PM. It will air live on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM and stream live at

This time around, I am planning a special tribute to Fairuz (who, at age 75, is releasing a brand new album) and I will be premiering brand new tracks from some of the Arab world's most promising new talents--from Tania Kassis (aka La Soprano du Liban) and Zeid Hamdan (former member of the ultra hip band Soapkills) to Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny and Tania Saleh (whose vocals and musical arrangements have to be heard to be believed). These budding musicians will blow you away with the innovative, fresh and extremely addicting music that they have been releasing--songs that combine Eastern rhythms with Western influences and sung in both English and in Arabic.

If you would like to listen to some of my earlier podcasts on KZSU 90.1 FM's "Lunch Special" Show, then please feel free to check out the links below. While listening to these podcasts, you can also browse my playlists and read about current happenings on the Arabic alternative music scene.


Thanks for your support and for tuning in!

Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
Stanford University

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fairuz Live in Concert at BIEL in October 2010

Legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz (also spelled Fairouz or Fayrouz) in Concert on 7 and 8 October 2010 at BIEL (Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center). Tickets will be available starting Saturday 18 September 2010 at Virgin Megastore Ticketing Box Office.

The tickets are selling fast, as reported in this report from Arabic TV which shows the fans who waited in line for hours--even days--to get tickets.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Duet by Amina and Hesham El Haj Pits Egypt against Lebanon

Egypt or Lebanon? Cairo or Beirut? Which location has contributed more to the world in terms of culture and history? In this duet, Egyptian singer Amina argues that Egypt, the Pharoahs, The Pyramids, Om Kulthum, and Abdel Halim Hafez prove that Cairo reigns supreme while Lebanese singer Hesham El Haj attempts to highlight Lebanon's culture and history by highlighting the Phoenicians, Baalbeck, and Fairuz's music. The result of this cultural standoff between Amina and Hesham? Watch the video clip to find out :)

NPR Article about Fairuz and the Royalty Dispute

Ian Black of the Guardian explains the dispute:
Many of Fairouz's works were co-written and composed by her late husband Assi al-Rahbani and his brother Mansour. When Mansour died, his children filed a suit against Fairouz, triggering a court order stopping her performing material that involved his contribution.
Mansour and Assi are popularly known as the Rahbani Brothers. Fairouz, which means "turquoise" in Arabic, is the stage name of Nihad Haddad. The 75 year old singer is an icon in the Arabic-speaking world, and as NPR's Jamie Tarabay pointed out in her50 Great Voices profile of the singer, Fairouz has fans around the world. Protests against the action taken by Mansour's children have popped up as far away as Australia, the Guardian says, and her cause has also been taken up by fans on Twitter.
In her profile, Tarabay writes:
The singer's career began as Lebanon gained independence, linking her inextricably to the country's history. During Lebanon's bloody civil war, when Beirut split in two in the 1970s, Fairuz refused to take sides. She decided not to perform in Lebanon at all, instead touring exclusively overseas. For Fairuz, music was her political activism, and the war-weary Lebanese clung to it. They latched on to one song in particular during this desperate time. It's called "Behebak Ya Libnan," or "I Love You, Lebanon," and it's still beloved in Lebanon today.
The video above shows Fairouz performing "Behebak Ya Libnan" at the Damascus International Festival in 1976. The credits hereindicate that the song was composed by the Rahbani Brothers, which would land it on the list of songs Fairouz isn't allowed to perform without permission from — and presumably remuneration for — Mansour's children. (Watch quickly. It stands to reason that they might be able to get it pulled from YouTube, as well.

Fairouz banned from performing--By Rachel McArthur

Read original article at:

Fairouz banned from performing – ever
Is this the end of the Arabic music legend’s career?
By Rachel McArthur
Published Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fairouz has reportedly been banned from performing in Lebanon and abroad – leaving the Lebanese singer’s professional career in jeopardy.
However, the news has outraged the Arab entertainment world, with many publicly supporting the star in what they are calling an “unfair” decision.

According to numerous Arabic media reports, the world-renowned superstar has been prevented from performing thanks to a lawsuit filed by Osama and Marwan Rahbani – sons of the late composer Mansour Rahbani – who worked with Fairouz.
They claim that the singer owes the brothers – who are heirs to Mansour – royalties from previous performances of material owned by Mansour.

The legendary performer’s career kicked off in the 1950s, after she met Mansour and Assi Rahbani – AKA The Rahbani Brothers – who composed and wrote most of Fairouz’s songs.
The singer went on to marry Assi in 1955.

Assi passed away in 1986, whilst his brother died in January of last year.

Since the death of Mansour, Fairouz has apparently been involved in numerous financial problems with Osama and Marwan.

Meanwhile, a host of Arabic celebrities are scheduled to participate in a peaceful protest in Beirut in support of Fairouz July 26.
Some of the names mentioned in reports include Egyptian actress Elham Shaheen, and Arabic singer Tamer Hosney.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

News Report (in Arabic) about the various pro-Fairuz Protests

This news report, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV Channel, includes an interview with her daughter Reema Rahbany.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beirut's Jam Is Mashrou' Leila's 'Embembelela7' (NPR)\

NPR (National Public Radio) web site features a great article on Mashrou3 Leila (Lebanon's hippest band) and other summer music from Beirut.


The Spin: Beirut's Jam Is Mashrou' Leila's 'Embembelela7'

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Queen Rania of Jordan Encourages You to twisit Jordan

8 Days left to submit your video!

Queen Rania of Jordan is offering this amazing opportunity to anyone who has not visited Jordan yet:

Win a trip 2 Jordan & Abroad

Message from Queen Rania:
Be part of Queen Rania's Tourist Swap: 2 people from Jordan will swap locations with 2 tourists for 1 week. How? Well, if you’ve never been to Jordan, we'll pay for you and a friend to come and visit the country. If you live in Jordan, we’ll swap you and a friend (temporarily!) with the other winners and take you on a tour of their country. It’s cross-cultural dialogue with air miles!

Huge Fairuz Protests in Beirut Today

Fairuz Protests

On the 26th of July 2010, Hundreds of Fairuz fans from around the world protested in front of the Lebanese National Museum in Beirut.

The Committee for commemoration of Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers, stood in solidarity with Fairuz, they had one message to say "No to preventingFairouz singing" .

Loudspeakers blared songs and excerpts of plays for Fairuz, in the presence of a number of artists such as Elham Shahin who flew from Cairo to take part in this protest. According to Shahin, Fairuz is one of the Legendary singers who gave a lot to the Arab world.

Other artists were present as well such as Julia BoutrosLiliane NemriRoula Hamadeh, Asaad Abou Khalil, Claudia Marchillian, Nidal Al AhmadiehRoula Saad and a lot of media presence, as well as local and foreign enthusiasts of Fairuz.

The demonstrators waved pictures of Fairuz in black and white, and distributed the statement to the participants explaining how the children and heirs of Mansour El Rahbani are restricting Fairuz, and accusing her of theft.

The dispute between Fairuz and the heirs of Mansour Rahbani began in 2008 when Mansour El Rahbani, alive at that time, sent warnings for Fairuz to stop the performance of the play (Sah El Nom) which was held in the Opera House in Damascus, Syria.

After the death of Mansour El Rahbani, on the 13th of Januray 2009, his children Ousamma Rahbani and Ghady Rahbani continued the fight against Fairuz, asking her to stop performing any of the Rahbani Brothers works without getting their permission and giving them a share in the profit.

The Ministry of Culture was also asked to act and do its duty to help Fairuz win this case.

The statement said: "We Lovers of Fairuz in Lebanon and the world are asking the Ministry of Education to respond to the request of Fayruz who is asking to have the Rahbani Brothers as a unique entity without distinction between them her husband Assi and his brother Mansour. "

The protesters also asked for Fairuz to come back soon on stage and give all the fans what they have longed for, a magical voice and a unique presence.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Banners in Support of Fairuz

These banners are but a few of the many samples that are being used at various rallies all over the Arab world in support of Fairuz and her right to perform her musicals without any legal obstacles.  This movement of support includes peaceful marches, get-togethers at various coffee houses to listen to Fairuz songs, and dozens of Facebook Pages in support of the legendary Lebanese singer.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tamer Hosni Releases Song in Support of Fairuz

Egyptian pop icon Tamer Hosni just released a new single titled "Fairuz" in support of the legendary Lebanese songstress who has recently been prohibited from performing her musicals by a court ruling that was brought about by the heirs of Mansour Rahbani, Fairuz's late brother-in-law, who co-wrote many of these musicals. Hosni's song is being played on Lebanese radio stations on an hourly basis.

Listen to Tamer Hosni's song by clicking on the arrow below then read along the hearfelt lyrics (in Arabic) or scroll down for a loose English translation.

مين عاش فى الدنيا دي إنسان.. محبش على صوت لبنان
صوت الحب صوت السلام.. يا حبيبتي يا صوت السلام
صوتك يا أغلى من الكنوز.. ياحبيبة قلبي يا فيروز
ما فينا نعيش بلا صوتك.. واسألي كده كل الأوطان

كلنا اتربينا على صوتك الحلو يا غالية..
واتعلمنا وغنينا من إحساسك يا مالية
علينا الدنيا بغناكي يا فيروز ده كلنا وياك.
 من مصر بقولك مقدرش أعيش
من غير صوتك يا حياتي

Has there ever been a human in this world
Who hasn't fallen in love to the Voice of Lebanon?
The Voice of Love, the Voice of Peace.
Your voice is more precious than any treasure
O Love of my heart, O Fairuz
We cannot live without your voice, as any country would testify

We were all raised with your sweet voice
We sang and learned through your emotions and lyrics
Your singing is worth the entire world O Fairuz
And we are all behind you all the way

From Egypt, I am telling you
That I can't live without your voice
For you are my very life

The Arab World Supports Fairuz

After long years of fame and many generations who grew on loving Fairouz worldwide, Fairouz the legend have been banned by the Rahbani brothers through a lawsuit from meeting up with her fans in Lebanon and abroad, Assi and Mansur left the talented Diva alone to face their gold digging sons.

Fairouz’s phenomenal voice amazed us over the years through her brilliant performances; she survived a hard life with her late husband even though he helped establish the legend Fairouz through his soft compositions and had the copyrights for the Rahbani Brothers. Rumor has it that he spent most of the money she earned in her glory years on gambling but her love for her made her forgive him and when he first got sick she sang for him in a concert ‘sa2aloni el nas’ which brought tears to the crowd. Now after many years of his death his family wants to still control her?

The stars and celebrities of the Arab world are holding a peaceful sit-in with Lady Fairouz to support her against the Rahbani brothers in Beirut on the twenty sixth of this month. Celebrities from all over the Arab world are expected to be part of it like the Egyptian actress Elham Shaheen who flew especially for the occasion from Egypt to Beirut.

Tamer Hosni the youth’s idol is supporting Fairouz in his own way, he composed, wrote and sang a song with the title of her name ‘Fairouz’ that is currently been broadcasted over most of the Lebanese radios, what a noble artist!

The Rahbni Brothers took Fairouz copyright over the years and they are still getting paid for any of Fairouz songs that are broadcasted all over the media. Haven’t they had enough all these past years? Can’t the most famous living Arabic singer work with someone else and enjoy the few years left in her life? Everyone deserved to retire at some point and our lady has had enough of the Rahbni Brothers and deservers the freedom to sing wherever and whenever she wants. Even though she might have signed contracts ages ago it’s time for The Rahbani Brothers to Respect her wish, after all she is an essential part of the family, it’s a shame that such issues have to reach courts.

Our love for the spark of the Lebanese national pride (Fairouz) makes us very upset to see her going through such a difficult time. We should all unite and protest against this.

What do you think about this scandal? Doesn’t Fairouz deserve her freedom?

“Ya maresal maraseel 3l day3a l areebi khdli bdarbak hal mandeel w ati la habibi”

Hope the message reaches to ‘habibtna’ Fairouz and she finds out how much we her fans support, appreciate and love her.

By guest writer Tam

10th Anniversary of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology Program Features All Episodes on Soundcloud + YouTube (Click here)

All 13 seasons of Dr. Ramzi Salti's  Arabology  podcasts  are now available on Soundcloud, for a total of 101 episodes. Additionally, al...