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Fairuz performing at a concert in July 2001.
Fairuz performing at a concert in July 2001.
Background information
Birth nameNouhad Wadi Haddad
Born (1935-11-21) November 21, 1935 (age 88)
Beirut, Lebanese Republic
GenresArabic Music
Lebanese Music
Years active1950–present
Spouse(s)Aassi Rahbani

Fairuz (born Nouhad Haddad (Arabic: نهاد حداد, November 21, 1935) is a Lebanese singer. She is considered among the best singers in Arab world. She has been performing for over 50 years all over the world. Her vocal range is contralto. Her first album was released in 1952. She has released 98 more albums since then.

Early Life[change | change source]

Fairuz in 1945

Nuhad Haddad was born in 1935 in Beirut, Lebanon to a Lebanese Christian Maronite family. She was the eldest child in the family. Her father worked as a typesetter at a print shop.[1] In 1940's, Mohammed Flayfel, a musician and a teacher at the Lebanese Conservatory, discovered her when he was searching different schools for singers to perform in a newly opened radio station. He attended a show at the school where Nuhad was to sing. He was very impressed with her voice and adviced her family to enroll her in his conservatory. Her father allowed her to be enrolled but only on a condition that her brother would also go with her.[2] Flayfel along with other staff at Lebanese Conservatory trained her for 5 years. She began singing for the Palestinian Cause and also sang for various Arab Capitals including Beirut. Soon, she was hired at the National Radio Station as a Chorus singer. During that time, many singers used stage names. Halim Al-Rumi, who wrote songs for her, recommended that Nahud Haddad perform under the name Fairuz, means "turquoise" in Arabic, which she accepted. in 1954, she married Assi Rahbani, who was a policeman and a part time composer.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. MacFarquhar, Neil (1999-05-18). "This Pop Diva Wows 'Em In Arabic". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 19 October 2023.
  2. "Biography of Fairuz". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 October 2023.
  3. Asmar, Sami. "Fairouz: a Voice, a Star, a Mystery | Al Jadid". Al Jadid Magazine. Retrieved 2023-10-19.

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