Fairouz – The Arab World’s National Treasure30 Sep 2019
Nuhad Haddad, popularly known by her stage name, Fairouz, was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1933. Fairouz came from humble beginnings, and her father often discouraged her from pursuing a career in an industry as financially unstable as music. However, at 14, she was discovered by Michael Fleifel, founder of the National Conservatory of Music in Beirut. This connection propelled Fairouz into a life of global stardom. After their first encounter, Fleifel hired Fairouz to perform for a radio station in Beirut, where another producer recognized her incredible talent and paired her with the Rahbani brothers. This collaboration yielded music that experimented with various genres and transcended cultural barriers, piquing the interest of listeners worldwide. Ever since their single "Itab" earned mainstream success, Fairouz has become one of Lebanon's dearest living icons; she has released over 800 songs, headlined over 400 live performances and contributed to 3 blockbusters.