The greatest Lebanese singers, along with descriptions of their musical styles

list of some of the greatest Lebanese singers, along with descriptions of their musical styles and three to four important albums or concerts that contributed to their legacy:

  1. Fairuz:
    • Musical Style: Fairuz is a versatile artist, blending classical Arabic music with folk and contemporary influences. Her emotive vocals and poetic lyrics have made her an iconic figure.
    • Albums/Concerts:
      • “Kifak Inta” (2009): This album showcases Fairuz’s timeless voice with a mix of classical and modern compositions.
      • “Fairuz in America” (1971): A historic concert where Fairuz’s enchanting voice resonated internationally.
      • “Ziad Rahbani and Fairuz Live at Piccadilly” (1981): A collaboration with Ziad Rahbani, fusing traditional and modern elements.
  2. Wadih El Safi:
    • Musical Style: El Safi was a pioneering tenor known for his contributions to traditional Arabic music. His style featured a rich blend of folk, classical, and poetic elements.
    • Albums/Concerts:
      • “Lebanon Forever” (1967): A landmark album celebrating Lebanese heritage, showcasing El Safi’s distinct style.
      • “Concerto Al Andalus” (1992): A mesmerizing concert where El Safi explored the Andalusian musical tradition.
  3. Majida El Roumi:
    • Musical Style: Majida is celebrated for her powerful voice and emotional delivery, blending classical Arabic music with contemporary influences.
    • Albums/Concerts:
      • “Kelmet Hob” (1984): A breakthrough album highlighting Majida’s emotive singing style and romantic themes.
      • “Beirut Holidays Concert” (2012): A memorable live performance at Beirut’s summer festival, showcasing Majida’s vocal prowess.
  4. Marcel Khalife:
    • Musical Style: Khalife is a renowned oud player and composer, known for blending classical Arabic music with contemporary influences, creating a unique and influential style.
    • Albums/Concerts:
      • “Promises of the Storm” (1983): A groundbreaking album combining Khalife’s compositions with poetic lyrics.
      • “Ode to a Homeland” (1996): A live concert capturing Khalife’s mastery on the oud and impactful compositions.
  5. Nancy Ajram:

    • Musical Style: Ajram is a contemporary pop icon, known for her catchy tunes and energetic performances, making her one of the most successful Lebanese artists of her generation.
    • Albums/Concerts:
      • “Ah W Noss” (2004): A chart-topping album that established Ajram as a pop sensation.
      • “Live in Cairo” (2008): A high-energy concert showcasing Ajram’s dynamic stage presence.

Cite this blog post
Baudry Pierre (2024, January 2). The greatest Lebanese singers, along with descriptions of their musical styles. Deciphering international politics - religion, economics and international affairs. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from

Baudry Pierre

Ph.D. CNRS/EPHE (Paris), Assistant professor.

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