Anoushka (Egyptian singer)

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Not to be confused with Anoushka Shankar. ‹See Tfd›

Kartanios Garbis Slim (born in Cairo, Egypt on June 22, 1960), better known by her stage name Anoushka (in Arabic أنوشكا), is an Egyptian singer and actress.[1][2]

She was born to an Egyptian father and an Armenian mother. She had her secondary school education in the Armenian Gulbenkian School in Boulaq neighborhood in Cairo and continued to study Business Administration at American University of Cairo. After graduation she worked in a foreign investment company and later on in the advertising firm Tarek Nour as a singer on advertisements.

She took in an international song competition organized by International Federation of Festival Organizations (FIDOF) singing an original French song, lyrics by Gamal Abdel Halim Hasan and music by Kamel Cherif. Her first Egyptian public song was in a children's television program teaching Arabic language directed by Fehmi Abdel Hamid. She went on to take part in 1987 and 1988 in international festivals in Finland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey, France and Latin America. In Turkey, she won first prize with "Habbytak" and in the Francophonie competitions in France with her own composition "Ya Habibi" in French and "Ya Leyl" also in French composed by Midhat el Khawla.

She went on to release many albums in Arabic becoming a pan-Arab sensation and was awarded by the Egyptian Minister of Tourism for her efforts in promoting Egyptian music in the Arab World and worldwide. She also took part in many national, pan-Arab and international music events.

She had the lead role in an operette entitled "Al Ward wa Fousoulahou" (in Arabic الورد وفصوله) in the Children Day festivities.

Discography[edit]

  • Habbaytak Arabic حبيتك
  • Nadani Arabic ناداني
  • Tigi Tghanni Arabic تيجي تغنّي
  • Abayyan Zayn Arabic أبيّن زين
  • Keddab Arabic كدّاب

Filmography[edit]

Anoushka has also played roles in many Egyptian films including:

  • Es Sayyed Kaf Arabic السيد كاف, directed by Salah Abu Seif
  • Man Atlaqa Haazihi el Rasaasa? Arabic من أطلق هذه الرصاصة؟

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ayoub-Geday, Paul, McLure, Mandy, et al (2002) Egypt Almanac: A Yearly Review of the Egyptian Scene, The American University in Cairo Press, ISBN 978-977-5893-02-4, p. 332
  2. ^ Mazhar, Inas (1999) "The Vikings' revenge", Al-Ahram Weekly, 17–23 June 1999, Issue No. 434, retrieved 2011-04-29