Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi has traveled to Tunisia where she is scheduled to hold a live performance alongside Lebanese singers Milhim Barakat and Elaine Khalaf, an event which will be sponsored by LG Company. Haifa revealed that after she completes her entertainment obligations in Tunisia, she will head off to Italy, where she will go on a shopping spree to choose a collection of cloths to wear in her upcoming music video.
According to the London based Elaph, Haifa announced that her new album that will be released in February 2004 and will include compositions by prominent Lebanese composer Elias Rahbani. Haifa revealed that she has completed the selections of the songs to be included in the album and is scheduled to begin recording them in the very near future.
Previously, Haifa had disclosed that she was taking vocal lessons with Rahbani accompanied only with a piano, and she expressed her deep gratitude to Rahbani for the great benefits she is getting from this traineeship.
Regarding the poets and composers she is cooperating with, Haifa revealed that she has worked with some of the most prominent names like, Mohammed Rahim, Mohammed Rifa’i, amer Mostafa, Hussam Habib, Ahmed Taj, Mahmoud khiyami, Tareq abu Joudeh, Jan Mari Riyashi, Elias Naser, and many others.
Haifa will be holding two concerts in Beirut on New Year’s eve; the first one will be at Biel with Lebanese singers Rageb Alamah and Nancy Ajram, and the second will be held at Casino Lebanon accompanied by a western band. Wahbi noted that she has won the Golden Lion Award from the Egyptian magazine "Huriyati" for the best Female Arab performing singer for the year 2003. Haifa express that it was an honor for her to receive the award from the magazine marking the first time she is presented with an award in Egypt since she began her career as a singer.
Haifa added that she is grateful to all Egyptians for making her path a successful one and for showing their appreciation towards her music and performance. After giving a word of thanks to the organizers of the event, Haifa stood on stage and performed a number of her popular songs that witnessed success in Egypt and the Arab world.
Haifa also begun choosing the new look in which she will present herself with in the new album, stressing that change is an important factor for her success. While in Cairo, Wahbi held work sessions with a number of Egyptian poets and composers as part of her preparation for her upcoming album, a new experience for Haifa, in which she hopes will meet the satisfaction of her fans. Haifa did not specify when her new album will be ready, saying that she is intends on spending more efforts on it to make it better than her previous album.
Haifa held a spectacular performance at the Lido Stage in Paris that was marked with success by the large number of Arabs who attended coming from all around Europe especially for the event. Haifa was part of the Oriental Magic Festival, in which a number of Arab singers participated in like UAE singer Ahlam.
The Lido festival is one of many festivals Haifa has taken part in this summer, adding tremendous success and increasing her popularity. Haifa had worn a splendid white dress made especially by internationally known Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad for the event. The singer has revealed that she will resume preparations for her upcoming album and is hopeful it will be as successful as her first. -Albawaba.com