Composer Hilmi Bakir to file complaint against Asalah Nasri for her refusal to pay him deserved wages
Egyptian composer Hilmi Bakir filed a complaint to the head of the Musicians Association in Egypt against Syrian singer Asalah Nasri for refusing to pay him for song composed. The complaint was submitted to the association claiming that Hilmi demands actions should be taken against the singer after her refusal to pay his wages for one of the songs he composed for her during a private concert.
According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Hilmi announced that he will be holding a press conference to reveal a number of hidden secrets that have caused him to file such a complaint against Asalah. It was known that a huge fight broke out when Hilmi composed and presented the song “Ighdab” (Get Mad) to Asalah. At that moment, the singer called on announcer Wajdi Hakim to break up the dispute. Once Hakim found out the reason behind the fight was that Asalah refused to pay Hilmi his deserved wage for the song, which is around 10 thousands US dollars, he apologized to Hilimi and asked Asalah to pay.
The Syrian singer is planning to present her fans with a new song for the prominent Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The song, which will be one of the highlights of her upcoming album, is to be composed by Kamal Al Taweel, although an agreement has not been finalized. According to the London baed Elaph, Asalah is currently on a visit to Lebanon.
Asalah is known for being a highly emotional singer. Her silky, multi-layered voice enables her to improvise and helps sustain her individuality and reputation as one of the leading Arabic singers today. She continuously creates variations on the melody (arabesques), while her voice perfectly hits high and low quarter notes.
Asalah Nasri, the daughter of the well-known singer, Mustafa Nasri, began her singing career at the age of nine by focusing on national and children’ songs. Her quick rise to stardom dates from her early television appearances, the first of which was on the Lebanese TV program “Stars” produced by Jordanian Hasib Yousef. Further television appearances have made her a popular star all over the Arab World.
Nasri reiterated that she had not been influenced by anybody except her father, who taught her how to sing. “He was fond of Umm Kulthoom and Mohammed Abdel Wahhab’s music, and had his own way of singing their songs,” she said, adding that she acquired her style from him, which has prompted her to capture the more attentive music listeners. - Albawaba.com