Lebanese singer Asi Hilani and Syrian artist Rowaida Atyeh recorded a new duet together last week called “Sahra Al Shraq” (The Eastern Desert) at the ‘Jo Barojian Studios’.
Rowaida arrived at the studio early to practice singing in the Bedouin accent. Rowaida also recorded a duet with the famous Lebanese singer Wadee Al Safi, called “Haida Lebnan” (This Is Lebanon). She also performed with the famous Lebanese singer Sabah (Sabooha). Rowaida believes that singing for Sabah opened the doors to her success, and if a film is made about Sabah she hopes to star in it.
According to the London daily Elaph, the new duet will be included on Asi’s upcoming album, which features ten songs in the Lebanese, Egyptian and Bedouin dialects. The album will also include another duet called “Rajalali Aw Rajani” between Asi and another “Star Academy” contestant Shayma. The duet is sung in the Lebanese dialect.
Rumors claim the duet between Asi and Rowaida, “Sahra Al Shraq,” was supposed to be sung by Asi and Syrian singer Asala Nasri. Asi composed a song for Asala, which she sang at the wedding of princess Reem, daughter of the Saudi prince Walid Bin Talal. Asi liked the way Asala performed the song and asked her to sing a duet together.
Majed Al Hilani, the manager of Asi Hilani, denied that the song was supposed to be between Asi and Asala. Hilani asserts that Asi composed the song specifically for Rowaida, after the last episode of the entertainment show “Taratata” in which Asi and Rowaida sang a duet together that was loved by fans.
Rowaida has a strong voice that is suitable for the singing style of Asi, added Hilani.
Asi and Rowaida will appear on the Lebanese channel “LBC” (Lebanese Broadcasting Company) at the Miss Lebanon ceremony to perform the new duet together.