Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi will be held guest of honor on the show “Ma’ Hubi” (With My Love) on the music satellite channel Rotana, which is presented by Jumana Abu Obeid. A number of prominent guests will also be present alongside Haifa like Lebanese composer Elias Rahbani, director Saeed Al Marouq, music distributor Jan-Mary Riashi, beauty expert Bassam Fatouh, and journalist Vivian Adeh.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, Haifa will talk about her latest work and future plans in addition to singing a number of her latest hits from her recent album “Khalini Eish” during the show. Rotana has finally released the latest music video by Wahbi “Bidi Eish” (I Want to Live), which was filmed under the direction of Saeed Al Marouq, marking his first cooperation with Haifa.
On a different note, the Egyptian daily newspaper Al Wafid has demanded the banning of Haifa from Egypt after she had publicly insulted Egypt and its people on the program “For Those Who Dare Only”, which is broadcasted on the Lebanese Broadcasting Company LBC. The paper called on the head of the Egyptian Musician Association, Hassan Abu Al So’oud, to take a stance against the singer and work on forbidding her from entering the country, as is the case with many Egyptian singers who are banned from Lebanon for unknown reasons.
The paper stressed there are legitimate reasons for forbidding Haifa, which is insulting Egypt, and she should not be given a permit by the association to hold any performances on Egyptian soil. Haifa’s remarks on the show had caused an outrage to breakout in Egypt.
The singer’s remark that created all the chaos was when she was asked about her opinion towards some of the articles that are published about her in Egyptian newspapers. Haifa’s reply was basically Egyptians should see what they have, referring to seductive singers like Ruby, before criticizing others.
Haifa added that she strongly believes she receives such negative criticism from Egyptians because of the mere fact that Lebanese women are much better looking and know how to dress unlike Egyptians.