Prominent Lebanese singer Wadee’ Al Safi recently held a press conference, but not to discuss his latest album, instead the singer made an emotional plea to Syrian President Bashar Al Asaad to release Lebanese prisoners held in Syria.
Al Safi directly addressed the President, pleading with him to immediately release all Lebanese prisoners held in Syria. Al Safi stressed the urgency of their release, even before the release of those held in Israeli.
Al Safi referred to President Assad as his nephew, telling him that his late father was like a brother to him. He asked him to allow Lebanon’s sons to return home and began weeping, reported the London based daily, Dar Al Hayat.
Al Safi’s latest release was “Al Majd Al Arabi” (Arab Glory), written by George Kirdaq. He has presented a number of his compositions to renowned Saudi singer Mohammad Abdo, in anticipation of a joint effort between the two.
Al Safi recently gave the rights to his song “Ard Al Janoub” (Southern Land) to Mu’een Sharif, his unrivalled successor.
During a concert last year at the Egyptian Opera House, Sharif performed several classic tunes of Al Safi. Sharif is regarded as the most competent singer specializing in Al Safi’s songs, which belong to the folkloric heritage.
After the performance, Sharif found himself in the media limelight, with the press reporting on the quality of his voice, and its similarity to that of Al Safi.