Fairouz to mesmerize Arabs in the US
Prominent Lebanese singe Fairouz is scheduled to hold a grand tour around the United States of America this October. The schedule for the concerts has already been released, in which she will perform in different cities around the US starting on October 11, 2003 in Connecticut.
According to the London based Elaph, the tour is sponsored by the Canadian company Planet of Performers and is expected to achieve enormous success due to the fact that the singer’s previous tours witnessed such unbelievable success and since she holds such high popularity among the Arabs living around the US.
It was previously revealed that director Jack Janson from Holland has also made an agreement Fairouz for a documentary film about her life. The film is to revolve around the life of Fairouz from the beginning of her singing career up to her rise to stardom.
The film will also focus on the singer's patriarchic stance and her love for Lebanon that kept her in her country during the time of war refusing to flee. Jack’s fascination with the life of Fairouz and her fame, made him feel the necessity of educating the West with the life of a woman who has proven to be a singing icon rarely found.
French singer Charles Aznavour has revealed that he is currently working on three different projects he hopes to complete in the near future. The first is working on a new album, making a new musical comedy play; the third is working on a duet with Fairouz.
Charles said in an interview that he is looking forward to singing with Fairouz who is considered to be an idol worldwide. Charles expressed his support for the suffering in the Arab world and hopes that the perpetrators will be prosecuted and pay for the destruction they are causing.
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 superiority. Fairouz's early songs featured the singer's distinct vocal timbre and lyrics expressing romantic love and nostalgia for village life.
By the early 1960s Fairouz 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, Fairouz was part of a three-member team that included the two Rahbani brothers. Generally, Mansour Rahbani wrote her lyrics, and the tunes were composed and arranged by his brother Assi, Fairouz's former husband. Fairouz's songs owe a great deal to the musical and poetic genius of these two Lebanese artists. –Albawaba.com
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