Warda Al Jazairia

Warda Al Jazairia

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Warda Al-Jazairia is an Algerian singer born in July 1940. She is well known in the Arabic music community for her Egyptian songs and music. She was brought up in France then relocated in Lebanon since her mother was Lebanese. She started singing in restaurants at the age of 17. On one of the nights when she was performing, Mohammed Abdel Wahab was among the audience and proposed to compose for her. He was to become, throughout her career, her "godfather". In 1959, the great composer, Riad al Soumbati invited her to Cairo where he was to compose many songs for her among them "Loubat el Ayyam" and "Nidaa el Damir". In 1961/1962 the Egyptian President, Jamal Abdel Nasser asked that she participate, as the representative of Algeria, in a song for the Arab world called "Al Watan Al Akbar". She had the chance to appear alongside other famous singers such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Fayza Ahmed, Najat al Sagheera and Shadia.
In 1963, she got married to a former high ranking officer in the National Liberation Army (ALN) who asked her to give up singing to look after her family. However in 1972, the President of Algeria asked her to participate in the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Independence. She agreed, with the result that her marriage broke down. In December of the same year she left for Cairo where she became rapidly one of the most famous Arab singers again with singles like: "Eloyoun el soud", "Khallik Hena" and other songs in the same vein composed by Baligh Hamdi, whom she had just married.
In years 1991, 1992 and 1994 she released 3 successful albums that recieved the award of "best album of the year".
Alongside singing, Warda acted in several movies and tv series such as: "Almaz Wa Abdu Al Hamoly", "Sawt El Hobb", "Hikaiti Ma3 El Zaman".
In year 2009, she announced that she signed a contract with "rotana" to produce for her 2 new albums.

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