On July 22nd 1939 a star was born. Warda Al-Jazairia, real name Warda Fatouki, was born to a Lebanese mother and an Algerian father in Puteaux, France, only to become one of the biggest icons of the Arab world.
Her beautiful classic voice was discovered at the tender age of 11 (1952). But when she married in 1962, her religious husband wasn't so keen on her career path and forbade her to sing.
Thankfully, in 1972 Algerian President Houari Boumédiène invited Warda to commemorate Algeria's Independence, which she did alongside an Egyptian orchestra.
The event broke up Warda's marriage and led her to focus solely on her music career; a step which took her to her next destination: Egypt.
In the city of sands, she met her second husband Baligh Hamdi. Working as a composer, Hamdi had music in his heart and soul, and composed a collection of songs for Warda to perform.
Soon, Warda's voice became the one to listen to, and many other composers had songs at the ready for her to record. The late singer's talent didn't stop at singing; she had leading roles in several films as well.
The songstress' career was going so well that even Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser requested that Warda be given a part in a production by Mohammed Abdel Wahab titled My Great Homeland. The song was performed by the biggest stars at the time, including Abdel Halim Hafez, Shadia, Sabah, Nagat Al-Saghira and Faida Kamel.
The unfortunate day of May 17th 2012 was the day Warda passed away from a heart attack in Egypt. It was a shock to the Arab world to lose one of the few singing icons it had known to date. On the 19th of May, the corpse was flown back to Algeria where she was given a proper state funeral, and was buried later in Algiers’ El Alia cemetery, which is reserved for national heroes.
Today, 22nd July 2013, marks her 73rd Birthday. In her honor, Google have doodled a young Warda at the prime of her singing career, which is apparent in Google’s Arab countries portals.
From our part and in Warda's honor, we would like to dedicate one of her classic songs to all the Warda fans out there.
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