Fairouz to be portrayed in an upcoming series ‘Jarat al Qamar’
Syrian actress Raghda will be starring in the new series called ‘Jarat al Qamar’ (Neighbor of the Moon) portraying the life of the prominent Lebanese singer - Fairouz. The series is produced in cooperation with Mohammad Wafiq, Abdul Rahman Abu Zahra, writer Mahmoud Qasim, and is directed by Issam Al Iraqi.
The Egyptian Al Tahrir noted that the series revolves around the Fayrouz-Rahbani legacy; a peculiar twentieth-century cultural phenomenon. From the early fifties to the current date, Raghda will be portraying the life of Fairouz and how she came about; her legend, personal, and professional life.
The dissemination of hundreds of songs, many musical plays and several films will take a large portion of the series and the success that Fairouz achieved through her widened audience that also includes Arabs living in Europe and the Americas.
Born and educated in Beirut, Fairouz began her musical career as a chorus member at the Lebanese Radio Station. In the late 1950s her talent as a singer became fully acknowledged due to her unprecedented enthusiasm and vocal superiourity. Fayrouz's early songs featured the singer's distinct vocal timbre and lyrics expressing romantic love and nostalgia for village life.
By the early 1960s Fayrouz was already one of the main attractions at the annual Baalbeck Festival and a celebrity not only in Lebanon but also throughout the Arab world.
During most of her singing career, Fayrouz was part of a three-member team that included the two Rahbani brothers. Generally, her lyrics were written by Mansour Rahbani, and the tunes were composed and arranged by his brother Assi, Fayrouz's former husband. Fayrouz's songs owe a great deal to the musical and poetic genius of these two Lebanese artists. –Albawaba.com
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