Nouhad Wadie’ Haddad is a famous Lebanese singer. She was born on November 21, 1934.
Also known as Fairuz, she is considered one of the most famous singers in the history of the Arab world. Fairuz is considered the musical icon of Lebanon and is popularly known as “the soul of Lebanon”.
Fairuz began her musical career as a teenager at the national radio station in Lebanon in the late 1940s as a chorus member Her first major hit, “Itab”, was released in 1952 and made her an instant star in the Arab world. In the summer of 1957, Fairuz held her first live performance at the Baalbeck International Festival. The Baalbeck International Festival is a cultural event in Lebanon. Since 1955, people from around the world have gone to the city of Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon to attend the annual festival. At that festival, Fairuz was awarded the highest medal for artistic achievement. After gaining popularity in the Arab world in the 1950s and 1960s, Fairuz performed in many cities outside of Lebanon such as Damascus, Amman, Cairo, Rabat, Algiers and Tunis.
She has received multiple recognition and awards throughout her career including a Lebanese memorial stamp issued in 1969, the Key to the city, the Jordanian Medal of Honour, the Order of Arts and Letters, Highest Artistic Distinction, National Order of the Legion of Honour, and Honorary Doctorate from the American university of Beirut in 2005.
Throughout the years, she sang at various venues around the world such as Albert Hall and Royal Festival Fall in London, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre and the United Nations General Assembly. She also performed in New York, Paris, Athens and at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam.
Fairuz has been singing for over six decades. She has recorded nearly 1500 songs, released more than 80 albums, and 20 musicals and sold over 150 million records worldwide, making her the highest-selling Middle-Eastern artist of all time and one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
Fairuz got married on January 23, 1955 and had four children: Ziad, Hali, Layal and Rima.
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