Marwa, the Monroe of the Arab World
Lebanese singer Marwa is pleased with the media blitz she has created with her daring and according to many, provocative style.
The singer stressed that she is different than most new singers, since she formally studied music.
Marwa compares herself to the American legend Marilyn Monroe, claiming to share many of her qualities, and adding that many have termed her the “Monroe of the Arab world.”
According to the UAE based daily, Al Bayan, Marwa denied that the theme of her latest music video ‘Sheel Eedak’ was taken from Haifa Wahbi’s song ‘Ya Hayat Albi.’
The singer stated, “I filmed my video last year, long before Haifa’s song came about,” adding, “To my dismay the clip was not aired until six months after its production, because the censorship thought it was too provocative, but the clip’s theme was published in several newspapers.”
Marwa appeared as a guest on the program “For Those Who Dare Only,” aired by the Lebanese Broadcasting Company (LBC). On the program, aired weekly on Saturdays, she candidly answered controversial questions posed by host, Tony Khalifa.
Marwa is set to stand trial for allegations of fraud, after producer Mohammad Madi filed a lawsuit against her. Mohammad claims that he had signed a five-year contract with Marwa, giving him exclusive rights to her work.
After recording her album, “Umma Na’ema,” Mohammad was shocked when Marwa released the music video for the song “Mashrabshi El Shai” with Rotana music channel, without his permission.
Mohammad is demanding 300 thousand USD in compensation, in addition to the removal of all albums from the market that she released outside of their agreement.
In defense, Marwa claims that she was never paid a large sum of money from Rotana for the music video.