Hiba Tawaji

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Hiba Tawaji
Birth name Hiba Michel Tawaji
Born (1987-12-10) December 10, 1987 (age 27)
Origin Achrafieh, Lebanon
Genres Oriental music, jazz, opera, funk, pop music
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, director
Instruments Vocals

Hiba Michel Tawaji (Arabic: هبة ميشال طوجي‎) was born on December 10, 1987, in Achrafieh, Beirut, and grew up in the Elissar, Matn District, Lebanon. Tawaji is a Lebanese singer, actress, and director. She sings in Arabic, English and French. Tawaji interprets different music styles such as Oriental music, pop music, jazz, funk, and opera, as well as being a coloratura soprano with a four octave vocal range.[citation needed]

Tawaji has admired Oussama Rahbani (producer and composer and son of Mansour Rahbani) from a very young age, and always dreamt of meeting and working with him.[1] That dream came true in January 2007 when she met Oussama and started a successful career alongside him.

She is participating in the 4th series of The Voice: la plus belle voix the French version of The Voice, coached by Mika.

Education[edit]

From 1990 and until 2005, Tawaji studied in Athenee de Beyrouth School, and got her French Baccalaureate in French literature.

From 2002 until 2005, she took singing lessons and solfeggio at École De Musique Ghassan Yammine. Then she went to Saint Joseph University of Beirut, IESAV, and majored in audio-visual and cinematographic studies, earning her B.A. in 2010.

She also took for many years private opera lessons with Galina Khaldeeva.

From 2007 and to the present day, she has been developing vocal techniques and interpretation with Lebanese producer and composer Oussama Rahbani. As well as taking vocal lessons with Lebanese singer and vocal coach Wadih Abi Raad.

From May 2010 and until July 2010, she took vocal lessons with Emmy Award winner Gwen Conley in New York. In that same period, she followed a three-month intensive acting workshop at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.

Career[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2009 – Sayf 840 "صيف 840" (Highlights and the complete version) by Mansour Rahbani
  • 2011 – La Bidayi Wala Nihayi "لا بداية ولا نهاية", (Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji)
La Bidayi Wala Nihayi
No. Track Name Music Lyrics Arranged/Orchestrated/Adapted/Conducted
1 La bidayi wala nihayi - (لا بداية ولا نهاية) - ("The Windmills of Your Mind") Michel Legrand Mansour Rahbani Adapted, orchestrated and conducted by Oussama Rahbani
2 Herban - (هربان) - ("Running away") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged by Oussama Rahbani
3 La tkelli innak mechtakli - (لا تقلّي إنك مشتقلي) - ("Don't tell me that you miss me") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
4 Zat ellafti - (ذات اللفتة) - ("Same glimpse") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
5 Machyi w ma baaref la weyn - (ماشية وما بعرف لوين) - ("Salvador Dalí") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
6 Kell shabi fallou - (كل صحابي فلّو) - ("All my friends are gone") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
7 Tango el horriyyi - (تانغو الحرية) - ("Libertango") Ástor Piazzolla Ghadi Rahbani Adapted, orchestrated and conducted by Oussama Rahbani
8 Helm - (حلم) - ("Dream") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
9 Khayfi koul - (خايفة قول) - ("Afraid to say") Oussama & Jad Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged by Oussama Rahbani & Jad Rahbani
10 Bel omr elli baki - (بالعمر اللي باقي) - ("What are you doing the rest of your life") Michel Legrand Mansour Rahbani Adapted, orchestrated and conducted by Oussama Rahbani
11 Almourtazaka - (المرتزقة) - ("Mercenaries") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
12 Ftahli el bab (فتحلي الباب) - ("Let me in") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
  • 2011 – Don Quixote ( by Marwan, Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani)
Introduction of the Album Don Quixote
Don Quixote
A musical play based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes.
  • Music Composed, orchestrated and produced by Oussama Rahbani,
  • lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani,
  • directed by Marwan Rahbani,
  • play produced by Byblos International Festival and Oussama Rahbani,
  • album produced by 'Oussama Rahbani

Cast:

  • Hiba Tawaji (Dulcinea – Dima),
  • Elie Khayat (Don Quixote),
  • Gilbert Jalkh (Samho El Ghoul),
  • Nader Khoury (Farmer),
  • Simon Obeid (The Priest),
  • Wadih Abi Raad (Chancellors – Ambassadors – Shamshoum)
  • and choir.
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered at Georges Merheb Studio
  • Sound engineer: Georges Merheb
  • Artistic consultant" Fouad Khoury
  • Set and costume designer: Agnes Treplin
  • Choreography: Dolly Sfeir and Pascale Sayegh Zgheib
  • Animation and graphic design: Adaimy Studios
  • Photos by Wael Hamza, Jana Younes
  • Starring Rafic Ali Ahmad, Hiba Tawaji, Paul Sleiman, Tony Balaban, Nazih Youssef, Assad Haddad, Maya Yammine, Toni Issa, Rita Hayek, Boutros Hanna.

Tracklist

  1. Ouverture المقدمة الأولى
  2. Aalbal ya watanna عالبال يا وطنّا
  3. Min a’shik gharib من عاشق غريب
  4. Yemkin sarli aktar men daher يمكن صرلي أكتر من دهر
  5. Rayhin رايحين
  6. Lamouni ktir لاموني كتير
  7. Dehket lhkoul ضحكت الحقول
  8. Ghannou leddar غنّو للدار
  9. Min li byekhtar مين اللي بيختار
  10. Mouhakamat al maktaba محاكمة المكتبة
  11. Hata el ketob hara’touha حتى الكتب حرقتوها
  12. Elli ya habibi قلي يا حبيبي
  13. Moujtamaana bi khatar مجتمعنا بخطر
  14. Kasik ya madini كاسك يا مدينة
  15. Ahla be Don Assad أهلا بالدون أسعد
  16. Ahmar Azrak أحمر أزرق
  17. La valse - Douri ya tawahin الفالس – دوري يا طواحين
  18. Machiyeh wma ba’ref la weyn ماشية ما بعرف لوين
  19. Aazameh w fakhameh عظمة وفخامة
  20. Samho hakem al jazireh سمحو حاكم الجزيرة
  21. Awlak leych mlahekni قولك ليش ملاحقني
  22. Jayi tezraa ahlam جايي تزرع أحلام
  23. Jano al tawahin / Watan al hassassine جنو الطواحين – وطن الحساسين
  24. Ouverture المقدمة الثانية


  • 2014 – Ya Habibi "يا حبيبي"
Ya Habibi - Cover
No. Track Name Music Lyrics Arranged/Orchestrated/Adapted/Conducted
1 Khalas - (خلص) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
2 Sabah El Kheir - (صباح الخير) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
3 Awwal Ma Cheftou - (أول ما شفتو) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
4 Lamma Byofda El Masrah - (لما بيفضى المسرح) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
5 Yamamaton - (يمامة) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
6 Hobbi Li Intaha - (حبي اللي انتهى) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
7 Al Rabih Al Arabi - (الربيع العربي) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
8 Helwa Ya Baladi - (حلوة يا بلدي) Samir Kassab, Jeff Barnel & Bernard Dahan Samir Kassab, Jeff Barnel & Bernard Dahan Adapted by Mohamed Marwan Saada, Arranged & Orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
9 Maakoul - (معقول) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
10 Ya Habibi (poem) - ((يا حبيبي (شعر) Background music : "Adagio from Spartcus" by Aram Khachaturian Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
11 Ya Habibi - (يا حبيبي) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
12 Ana Habbaytou - (أنا حبيتو) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
13 Al Mar'a - (المرأة العربية) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
14 Osset Dayaa (Zorba the Greek Mix) - (قصة ضيعة) Mikis Theodorakis Ghadi Rahbani Adapted & Orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
15 Beirut - (بيروت) Oussama Rahbani Henry Zougheib Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
16 Eli W Elak El Sama - (إلي والك السما) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani

Music videos[edit]

  • 2008 – Metl el rih, "متل الريح" – Directed by Joe Bou Eid | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Written by Mansour Rahbani for the musical play "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix
  • 2011 – Helm, "حلم" – Directed by Hiba Tawaji | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the album La Bidayi Wala Nihayi "لا بداية ولا نهاية"
  • 2011 – Aal Bal Ya Watanna, "عالبال يا وطنّا" – Directed by Hiba Tawaji | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani) | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the musical play Don Quixote by Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani
  • 2011 – Machyi w ma baarif la weyn, "ماشية وما بعرف لوين" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani| Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2011 – Min elli byekhtar, "مين اللي بيختار" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2011 – Elli ya habibi oul, "قلّي يا حبيبي قول" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2012 – Lamouni Ktir, "لاموني كتير" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2012 – Kasik Ya Madini, "كاسك يا مديني" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2013 – La Bidayi Wala Nihayi, "لابداية ولا نهاية"
  • 2014 – Khalas, "خلص" – Directed by Fabrice Begotti | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the album Ya Habibi "يا حبيبي"
  • 2014 – Al Rabih Al Arabi, "الربيع العربي" – Directed by Serge Oryan | Concept by Oussama Rahbani, Hiba Tawaji, Serge Oryan | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the album Ya Habibi "يا حبيبي"
  • 2014 – Metl El Chajar Mazrou3in, "متل الشجر مزروعين" - Directed by Joe Bou Eid | Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | A tribute to the Lebanese Army on its 69th anniversary


Musicals[edit]

  • 2008 – Byblos International Festival: "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix (by Oussama Rahbani),[2]
  • 2008 – Dubai: "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix (by Oussama Rahbani)
  • 2008 – 2009 – Casino du Liban: "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix (by Oussama Rahbani)
  • 2009 – Byblos International Festival: "صيف 840" Summer 840 (by Mansour Rahbani)[3]
  • 2009–2010 Casino du Liban: "صيف 840" Summer 840 (by Mansour Rahbani)
  • 2010 – Qatar: "ملوك الطوائف" Moulouk Al Tawaef
  • 2011 – Byblos International Festival: Don Quixote (by Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani)[4]

Concerts[edit]

  • March 2011 – Abu Dhabi Festival: "An evening with Oussama Rahbani", Zaha Hadid Pavilion, Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji & Wadih Abi Raad.[5]
  • August 2011 – Ehdeniyat festival: "Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji & Wadih Abi Raad" [6]
  • November 2011 – Palais des congrès Dbayyeh – Lebanon: "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji & Wadih Abi Raad" [7]
  • February 2012 – Saint Joseph Church Monot – Lebanon: "Synergy" a symphonic piece by Oussama Rahbani. Conducted by Maestro Michel Khairallah, performed by The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiba Tawaji (Soprano) & the NDU Choir.[8]
  • September 2012 – Palais Des Congres Dbayyeh - Lebanon: "Lana wa lakom al hayat" A Concert for "Gebran Tueini Foundation" 2012 By Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji. Music by Oussama Rahbani, Mansour Rahbani, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani, Ghadi Rahbani.[9]
  • July 2014 - Festival International De Hammamet - Tunisia: Oussama Rahbani presents Hiba Tawaji in concert at Festival International De Hammamet.[10]
  • March 2013 - Abu Dhabi Festival: With the NSOU National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Conducted by Maestro Volodimir Sirenko. Produced & Orchestrated by Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani.[11]
  • July 2013 - Byblos International Festival - Lebanon: "Rahbani Summer Night". With the NSOU National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Conducted by Maestro Volodimir Sirenko. Produced & Orchestrated by Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani.[12]
  • April 2014 - Oman ROH (Royal Opera House Muscat) - Oman: 2 concerts, with the NSOU National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Conducted by Maestro Volodimir Sirenko. Produced & Orchestrated by Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani.[13]
  • August 2014 - Batroun International Festival - Lebanon: "Ya Habibi" - Hiba performed songs taken from the albums "Ya Habibi", "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Don Quixote" among other hit songs. Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani, Composed, Arranged & Produced by Oussama Rahbani, Directed by Marwan Rahbani.[14]
  • November 2014 - Casino du Liban - Lebanon: 2 concerts, "Ya Habibi" - Hiba performed songs taken from the albums "Ya Habibi", "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Don Quixote" among other hit songs. Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani, Composed, Arranged & Produced by Oussama Rahbani, Directed by Marwan Rahbani.[15]

Awards[edit]

  • November 2011 – BIAF – Beirut International Award Festival in Pavillon Royal/Biel – Beirut[16]

References[edit]

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