A request submitted by Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi a year ago to become a member of the Lebanese Professional Artist Association has been denied.
The Association committee that evaluates all artists wishing to join did not approve of Haifa, in addition to the fact that the majority of female artists in the association refused to accept Haifa’s membership.
Head of the association, Ihsan Sadeq, denied circulating rumors that Haifa’s request was denied upon the request of prominent members Lebanese singers Najwa Karam and Nawal Al Zoughbi.
Haifa is preparing for a tour around the United States and Canada, stopping in a number of cities with significant Arab American populations. Haifa’s tour will begin on July 2, and her first performance will be in Ottawa.
The singer recently held a concert alongside American singer Fifty Cent in Beirut, drawing a crowd of over 6000. Haifa performed a number of her most popular hits, in addition to her most recent "Al Wawa" (The Booboo) song.
Haifa then headed off to Egypt to record the remaining songs for her upcoming album, scheduled for release this summer. The Arab satellite music channel ‘Melody’ has begun airing Haifa's latest music video "Al Wawa," much anticipated by viewers around the Arab world.