Samira Said

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Samira Said
سميرة سعيد
Samira Said performing appears on August 1, 2010 in her Carthage show..jpg
Said at the International Carthage Festival Concert, Tunisia August 1, 2010.
Background information
Birth name Samira Bensaïd
Also known as Samira Said
Born (1962-01-10) January 10, 1962 (age 52)
Rabat, Morocco
Origin Morocco
Genres Arabic music, pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, entrepreneur
Years active 1975–present
Labels MegaStar
EMI Arabia
Alam El Phan
Rotana Records
Golden Cassette
Sawt El Emarat
Al Forsan

Samira Said (Arabic: سميرة سعيد‎, native name: Samira Bensaïd; born January 10, 1962 in Rabat, Morocco) is a Moroccan[1] singer.


Samira Said was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco. She began singing at the age of 9 and discovered on a music program on Royal Moroccan TV, Mawaheb. She began to sing professionally and recorded many Moroccan songs such as "Kifash Tlakina" ("How we Met"), "Fayetli sheftek shi marra" ("I've seen you once") and "Sarkouh" ("They Stole Him"), not to mention "Al Behhara" ("Mariners"). Her singles included "Maghlouba" ("Beaten") and "Wa'ady" ("My Love"). In 1980 she represented Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 singing Bitaqat Hub placing 18th out of 19 contestants.

Said has recorded "Ben Leef" ("The Circle of Life"), "Sayidati Sadati" (Ladies and Gentlemen"), "Malich Enwan" ("Ready When You Are") and "Akher Hawa" ("Last Love"). She worked with composer Mohamed El Mougi, singing and acting a film role in Saaktob Ismak Ala Arrimal ("I Will Write Your Name in the Sand"), which included her singing "Yadamiiti Haddi" ("Tears, Fall from My Eyes"). Other recordings include "Lilet El Ouns" ("Magnificent Get-Together"), "Ech Gab Li Gab" ("A Cut about the Rest"), "Amrak Aajib" ("I Don't Get You"), and "Menghir Sabab" ("For No Reason"). In 2000 she released "Lilah Habeebee", ("One Night, My Love"), album title track, which went on to win for best video in the Arab world in 2001 at the Cairo Arabic Music Festival.[citation needed] At the 15th annual World Music Awards in 2003, Said won a World Music Awards based on worldwide sales figures for that year. Said also won the BBC Awards for world music[2] for the best artist in the Middle East with her album Youm Wara Youm.[3] Said has won more than 40 awards in the Arab World.[4][5]

Halina Hopkis called Said "an emblem of transnationality in her moves between Morocco and Egypt as well the different awards and shows she has received and participated in as a representative of the Arabic music community".[6]

In 2011, The Beirut International Awards Festivals (BIAF) honored Samira Said.

Said has won the Rabab d'or prize at Tétouan's Voix des femmes festival in 2008.[7] and, in 2009, won the Murex d'Or award[8]

In the 2009 Timitar Festival in Agadir, Said performed for a crowd of 100,000[9] In 2011, the Beirut International Award Festival (BIAF) honoured a number of Arab and international singers including Said.[10] [11]

Musical style[edit]

Samira Said performing at Star Academy Arab World TV Show, Beirut, Libanon, Friday July 8, 2011.

According to Al Ahram, "Her albums, including Inssani, Khaifa, Ashka, Enta Habibi, Kul Dee Eshaat, Al Bal, Rohy, Youm Wara Youm and Aweeni Beek, have sold in excess of 50 millions copies."[12][13][14]

Hopkins said "One reason Said’s music is so popular is because of the tonal beauty of her voice against the background instrumentation. The centrality of her voice represents her personal influence in her work.[15]

She has been credited and criticized for bringing Arab music into the pop-driven commercially-fuelled 21st century.[16]

Philanthropy and humanitarian work[edit]

She spearheaded concerts to draw people together after the riots in immigrant suburbs across France, and to bring about solidarity between all religions[17][18] [19]


  • El hob elli ana a'aycheh (1975)
  • Bitaqat Hub (1977)
  • Ben Lif (1979)
  • Hikaya (1981)
  • Allemnah el Hob (1982)
  • Ketr al Kalam (1983)
  • Methaya'li (1984)
  • Lilet el Ouns (1984)
  • Ya Damaiti Haddi (1984)
  • Ehki ya Shehrazade (1985)
  • Youm akablak Fih (1985)
  • Ech gab li gab (1985)
  • Amrak ajib en (1986)
  • Ana walla anta (1989)
  • Moch hatnazel a'anak (1986)
  • Sibak (1986)
  • Ya ebn al halel (1987)
  • Ghariba (1988)
  • Sibni louahdi (1988)
  • Ensani (1989)
  • Ba'adin neta'ateb (1990)
  • Choft el amar (1991)
  • Hannitlak (1992)
  • Khayfa (1992)
  • a'ach'a (1993)
  • Enta habibi (1995)
  • Kolli de echa3at (1996)
  • a'al bal (1998)
  • Rouhi (1999)
  • Laila habibi (2001)
  • Youm Wara Youm (2002).[20]
  • Har Taraf (Duet with Shaan from India)
  • Awweeni Beek (2004)
  • Ayaam Hayati (2008)
  • Be winner ft. Fnaïre (2010)
  • Khallouh (2010)
  • Mazal (2013).[21][22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "سميرة سعيد: أنا مصرية الجنسية ومغربية الهوية". Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Samira Said: Winner in the Middle East category by Garth Cartwright (2002)
  3. ^ Winners of the 2003 World Music Awards, handed out Oct. 12 in Monaco. by (2003)
  4. ^ LG fait chanter Samira Bensaid. by Aujourd’hui le Maroc (2004)
  5. ^ Samira Saeid the best-seller Moroccan singer in the Arabic Music history. by, Best Sellers, "Stars Cafe" Entertainment. (2009)
  6. ^ source=—Halina Hopkins ""Kolleena Ensan: Samira Said’s Music as an Interpretation of Moroccan Women’s Cultural Identity". Halina Hopkins (Valparaiso University). 2011-03-31. 
  7. ^ Reporter, Al Bawaba (2009-06-28). "Samira Said Glows in Front of 60,000 Fans". Al Bawaba (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Murex D’or hosts its 9th award ceremony". Star Scene (Associated Newspapers). 2009. 
  9. ^ "Timitar Festival 2009". BBC (BBC Radio 3). 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Beirut International Awards Festivals (BIAF) honored Samira Said". BIAF (BIAF website). 2012. 
  11. ^ "Pack of cards". Al-Ahram Weekly (Associated Newspapers). 15–21 December 2011, Issue No. 1076.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Samira Said the best-seller Moroccan singer in the Arabic Music history. by, Best Sellers, "Stars Cafe" Entertainment. (2009)
  13. ^ Samira Said: A Moroccan Star Shines in the Arab World. by (2009.02.05)
  14. ^ Samira Said's record "Ayaam Hayati" has been ranked the No. 1 best-selling album of 2008.البوم سميرة سعيد يحتل المرتبة الأولى by (2004.12.16)
  15. ^ """Proceedings of The National Conference On Undergraduate Research". Halina Hopkins (Valparaiso University). 2011-03-31. 
  16. ^ Mowafi, Amy (2010-09-10), Samira Said: The Time of Her Life 
  17. ^ Reporter, Al Bawaba (2006-05-09). "Samira Saeed fights terrorism". Al Bawaba (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  18. ^ Reporter, GoAgadir (2007-11-02). "Concert Pour la Tolérance : réussi, oui mais…". GoAgadir (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  19. ^ Reporter, (2007-09-29). "Concert Pour la Tolérance 2007 à Agadir…". (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  20. ^ Garth, Cartwright (2002-02-13), Samira Said:Egypt's top female singer 
  21. ^ esctoday (2013-10-11), Morocco: Samira Saïd releases long-awaited comeback single 
  22. ^ worldmusicawards (2013-10-11), Morocco: Samira Saïd Nominated for Worlds Best Song 
  23. ^ "Moroccan Diva Samira Said back with a Great Song in "Darija"". Morocco World News. October 12, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Urban Life in Morocco, by Rachel Newcomb, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009 - 236 pages. ISBN 0-8122-4124-X, 9780812241242. (English)
  • La religion de la vie quotidienne chez des Marocains musulmans: rites, règles et routine: de Jean-Noël Ferrié, by Jean-Noël Ferrié, KARTHALA Editions, 2004 - 242 pages. ISBN 2-84586-565-1, ISBN 978-2-84586-565-5 . (French)
  • Égypte de Jean-Paul Labourdette, Dominique Auzias, by Jean-Paul Labourdette, Dominique Auzias, Petit Futé, 2007 - 472 pages. ISBN 2-7469-1972-9, ISBN 978-2-7469-1972-3. (French)
  • The hustle and women and little-known writer, by Badr Ali, by Badr Ali, AIRP, 2005 - 222 pages. ISBN 9953-36-714-0, ISBN 978-9953-36-714-9. (Arabic)
  • Iraqi Maqam voices of women: an analytical study of the critical technical experience of Iraqi women in singing Almqami, by Hussein Azami, by Hussein Azami, AIRP, 2005 - 316 pages. ISBN 9953-36-677-2, ISBN 978-9953-36-677-7. (Arabic)
  • Songs and stories, by Karīm Irāqī, by Karīm Irāqī, Company Whites of Arts and Letters, Volume 1 de Aghānī wa-ḥikāyātuhā, Karīm ʻIrāqī - . (Arabic)

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