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.