Sabah’s ex-husband eyes Haifa Wahbi for his comeback
In an attempt to return to the spotlight, Lebanese artist Fadi Lebanon, Lebanese diva Sabah’s ex-husband, has announced that his comeback will be through an enormous new musical which he is currently working on and is waiting for the right producer to adopt his work. It was revealed that the name of Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi has come up numerous times as she is to be nominated to take part in Fadi’s musical.
According to the Saudi based daily, Al Riyadh, the news of Haifa joining Fadi has not been confirmed, for Haifa has not given her acceptance to the matter so far. It was revealed that Haifa is currently in Paris where she is scheduled to hold a live concert at the famous Lido Stage along with UAE singer Ahlam and a number of other prominent Arab singers.
Haifa had denied circulating rumors that she is undergoing extensive lessons to improve her speech skill in order to become a TV announcer. The singer said that she had never took any such lessons and has no plans to enter the world of television broadcasting wanting to focus her attention on her music career.
Egyptian controversial director Enas Al Deghaidi denied circulating rumors that there is a dispute between her and Wahbi over a role in her upcoming film “Al Bahithat An Al Huria” (Girls Seeking Freedom). Enas stressed that Haifa was the one who turned down the offer for a leading role in the film despite her interest in the part.
Haifa had previously expressed that she finds the role to be very daring and is not afraid to accept, but later on she realized that she does not possess the talent to undergo an acting career and so turned down the role. Enas had offered to give Haifa private acting lessons, but the singer refused saying the time has not come for her to go into acting.
Enas had previously nominated Haifa instead of Lebanese actress Nour, for a leading role in her film, to play the part of Lebanese girl who lives in Paris-France. The film would have marked Haifa’s first leading role ever offered throughout her career.
At first Haifa had given her initial acceptance and so Enas she began all the necessary preparations and alterations needed for the film in order to begin shooting the scenes. But after Haifa declined the part, Enas began negotiating an offer with Tunisian actress Hind Sabri,
The film revolves around problems Arab girls living abroad encounter striving to find ways of having their own freedom. Each of the girls, who are chosen from different countries, tries to break free of the traditional Arab restrictions found in their countries and escape to the West.
On a different note, the song “Ma Sar” (It Did Not Happen) by Wahbi was chosen by EMI Records Company to be included in an international CD of music by artists from around the world. Haifa’s song was placed right after a song by British well-known singer Boy George. This occasion marks the first step for Haifa in her quest to reach international fame. Her second step will be marked on July 30, 2003 as she is scheduled to hold a performance on the famous French Lido Theater in France, being the second Arab singer to have such an opportunity.
Haifa added that despite the weakness of her voice, she is proud of the success she has so far achieved as a singer. The singer noted that she does not consider herself to be talented as a singer but rather as a performer. She has the tendency to perform her songs and that is what has given her notice in the music industry. She added that she does not mind the negative criticism she has received from the media for the mere fact that she admitted her capabilities the moment she decided to become a singer.- Albawaba.com