Syrian singer Assala Nasri reiterated that she had not been influenced by anybody except her father who taught her how to sing. “He was fond of Umm Kulthoom and Mohammed Abdel Wahhab’s songs and had his own way of singing their songs,” she said, adding that she acquired this style from him, which has prompted her to penetrate the artistic arena.
“I like Umm Kulthoom but I like Fairouz more and tend to favor her style and the Rahabneh School in singing,” Nasr told the UAE AL Bayan.
Some people see that Nasri exaggerates her singing performance as some sort of performing a show, but she believes this exaggeration is something related to continuity with the audience. She thinks that the audience interaction with the singer makes him feel happy and prompts him to repeat his words and make his song longer. “It is the cheer that imposes itself as a condition,” added Nasri.
About patriotic songs, Assala said, “the real patriotic songs are the ones sung by Sayyed Darwish, Sheikh Imam and Marcel Khalifa. Singing before the rulers on the revolution anniversary constitutes a type of hypocrisy and hailing that has no reasoning. But I advocate the songs that hail the Palestinian uprising and raise the morale of the Palestinian people because such songs speak about the present conditions.” -- Albawaba.com