Samira Said regretfully looses duet with Charles Aznavour
After an agreement was finally reached to hold a duet with the international French singer Charles Aznavour, Moroccan singer Samira Said was in shock to hear that all preparations that were already underway must come to an end. The final touches on the duet were forced to a halt after Charles had apologized to Samira for being unable to continue their previously planned song due to a sever sickness that suddenly struck him.
According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Samira was very disappointed over the cancellation of the duet since she was planning to make it a big surprise for all her Arab fans, and was sure it will be up to their satisfaction. Samira added that since Charles will need a long time to recover from his illness, she plans on continuing preparations for her upcoming album, but without the duet.
The singer revealed that she is almost complete with the selection of all the songs for her album, but stressed that she will not reveal what they are to ensure that no one steals them. She added that she has been looking at many different songs in order to help her decide on the new look for her upcoming album.
Samira had hoped that after reaching an agreement with Charles that she can repeat the success she received from her duet with Algerian singer Cheb Mami "Youm Wara Youm" (Day After Day) in the Arab World and Europe.
Said has revealed that she is currently looking to find a new style to present to her audience for her new album. The singer who has always surprised her audience with new looks feels it is important to come up with new ideas for her style of appearance and in addition to her style of music. Samira revealed that she is trying very carefully to select new songs for her upcoming album especially since she has recently won different music awards; she feels it is her duty to up to people's expectations. She stressed that it is difficult to choose songs that everyone will like, due to the fact that people have different taste in music.
Samira expressed that since she now resides in Egypt with her son Shadi, she no longer can depend on asking her family for advice regarding which songs to choose, but rather turns to friends she has made in Egypt. She added that she reserves the weekends entirely to her son trying to spend every minute she can with him and at the same time refuses to make any arrangements that would coincide with it.
Samira received an award from the BBC International Music Award after the huge success of her last album "Youm Wara Youm" (Day After Day) found in the Arab world and around Europe. After receiving the award, the singer was scheduled to hold a performance but apologized saying that she would not feel right singing while Iraq is being attacked and its people are dying in masses everyday and the country has turned into a complete wreck.
Born and raised in Rabat, Morocco, Said now lives her life between Egypt, Morocco and the US. She began singing at an early age in the TV program Mawaheb (Talents), dedicated to children's talents. But it wasn't until "Alemnah Al Hob" (Teach Us Love), in 1983, that the doors of fame had opened for her. – Albawaba.com
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