- 1 A little about me
- 2 My blogs and sites:
- 3 Zoom in Bashari
- 4 Awards
- 5 List of my contributions in the English edition
- 6 List of my contribution in the Arabic edition
- 7 Currently editing
- 8 The beginning
- 9 Latifa performing Arab classic music (Arab Tarab)
- 10 The first transitional period of Latifa's style
- 11 The second transitional period of Latifa's style
- 12 Latifa the actress
- 13 Facts about Latifa
- 14 Sources
A little about me
My name is Bashar, I am from Kuwait. I've been a member at wikipedia since awhile, but i didn't contribute because I've been crowded with college. I just started contributing in the English & Arabic editions of wikipedia by writing articles and translating others.
At the moment I am working in wikiHow
My blogs and sites:
- POLITICS/DIARY BLOG
- MUSIC BLOG
- POLITICS/PEACE BLOG
- MY PHOTOGRAPHY ON FLICKR
- Latifa's official site (Co-webmaster)
Zoom in Bashari
I just blogged my biography, I'll keep updating it all the time...You can find more details about me if you were interested:
|The Original Barnstar|
|I award you this barnstar for your valuable contributions in Latifa and Thekra articles Meno25 10:25, 27 November 2006 (UTC)|
The Award of the Arabian Barnstar
|I, Ralhazzaa, hereby award you with the Award of the Arabian Barnstar due to your appreciated and significant contribution in starting and editing articles related to the Arab world and culture, والسلام عليكم|
List of my contributions in the English edition
List of my contribution in the Arabic edition
- بينت شوب برو (Arabic translation of Corel Paint Shop Pro)
- إلى طغاة العالم (Arabic of Ela Toghat Al Alaam)
- صور عالية المدى الديناميكي (Arabic of High dynamic range imaging)
- (كاميرا رقمية ذات عدسة أحادية عاكسة) Arabic for Single-lens reflex camera - 13th of Nov. 2006
- (فلكر) Arabic for flickr - 20th of Nov. 2006
- (ذكرى) Arabic for Thekra - 27th of Nov. 2006
- Stub of (البرنامج الثابت) Arabic for firmware - 19th Of Dec. 2006
- Atmospheric pressure (Expanding)
Plus expanding some articles in the Arabic and English sections.
|Birth name||Latifa Bint Alayah Al Arfaoui|
|Genres||Arab pop music, Classic, Arab Tarab,Khaleeji, Arabic music, Arabesque music, Music of Egypt, Middle Eastern music, Disco, Techno, Raï|
|Labels||La Reine, Universal Music France, Warner Brothers France, EMI, Alam Al Phan, Rotana|
Also see the American singer Queen Latifah
The word Latifa is Arabic for "Soft", "Delicate", "Gentile" or "Sensitive".
Latifa began her career at a very young age by becoming a prodigy at the age of six.
In 1983, shortly after her father died, Latifa and her family took a trip to Egypt to rest and mourn. During that time, Latifa met composer Baleegh Hamdi, who advised her that she ought to move to Egypt for the sake of her career. But Latifa wanted to concentrate on her education. She returned to Tunisia to finish her high school final exams. Due to financial issues, she couldn't go back to Egypt, so she attended college in Tunisia, studying Dutch literature for a year and a half. Her family decided to help her make her dream come true by sending her to Egypt, so Latifa quit college in Tunisia and joined the Arab Academy of Music in Egypt, from which she earned her bachelor degree. Even with her current busy schedule, Latifa is preparing for her master's degree.
Once when Latifa was singing live on a radio station, composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab happened to hear her. Two days later he went to the Academy to find the girl he had heard on the radio. Latifa was speechless when she discovered he wanted to talk to her. At the time Latifa primarily performed long Tarab songs, but she was interested in doing something new. She began to work with composer Ammar Al Sherai'ei and poet Abdulwahab Muhammed, whom she met during her first visit to Egypt. Arabic reference
Latifa performing Arab classic music (Arab Tarab)
The first transitional period of Latifa's style
Akthar Min Roohi ("More than My Soul"), released in 1986. She began singing Arab pop songs with music by Ammar Al Sherai'ei and lyrics by Abdulwahab Muhammed. The album was hugely successful all over the Arab world. The songs had very original ideas and distinctive styles, and Latifa began making her songs shorter and adding different influences such as tango music. She also shot a music video for the single Ew'ah Tegheer ("Don't Be Jealous") which was extremely popular. The huge success of this album allowed Latifa to buy half the shares of her producer's company and studio, La Reine. Since then, she has co-produced all her own albums and music videos.Second paragraph
Hobbak Hadi ("Frigid Love") was released in 1993. In the title song, Latifa asks directly for more love because she is bored of her lover's "frigid" love; she needs love that shakes her heart. Before the release of this album, no Middle Eastern woman had ever used such direct words about her love for a man in popular song. 
In 1997, Latifa released the album Al Ghinwa ("The Song"). The actual song Al Ghinwa was considered to be the second part of the song Akthar Min Roohi from a previous album released in 1986. Third paragraph
Latifa then decided to perform a new style of songs called Qasa'ed Fos'ha. Her next album, 1998's Taloomoni Al Donya ("Everyone in the World Blaming Me"), featured Latifa singing lyrics written by the poet Nizar Qabbani. 
The second transitional period of Latifa's style
After spending 10 days in the hospital due to a nervous breakdown, Latifa came back with a hit album, known in the Arab world with the title Wadeh ("Clear") and internationally knows with the title Inchallah ("God willing") in 1999. The album was distributed by Universal Music France, and it was the first album in which Latifa performed in another language. The Franco-Arab song "Inchallah" made the ELLE Magazine top 5. In the Arab world, "Inchallah" ("God willing"), Kerehtak ("I Hated You") and Wadeh ("Clear") were popular singles. Before the release of this album, no Arabic pop singer had ever sung anything like "I hated you".Fourth paragraph
The 2002 variety album Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms II featured Latifa performing an Arab Mawwal in the song "Take Me I'm Yours," and singing a small part in both Arabic and English with Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of the band Squeeze. Fourth paragraph
Because of the album Ma Etrohsh Ba'ed (Don't go away) - produced in the year 2003 - Latifa won the World Music Award 2004 for best selling artist in the Middle East and North Africa. Her speech was censored on ABC when she said, "My happiness remains incomplete until Palestine & Iraq are freed". Watch the uncensored video file at Latifa's official site
In 2004, Latifa produced an album distributed by Warner Brothers France, titled Les Plus Belles Chansons De Latifa ("Latifa's Best Songs"). Although the album was mostly a collection of greatest hits, it also featured a brand-new Raï song called "Khalleoni" ("Let Me") that was Latifa's first attempt at Raï.Fifth paragraph
Latifa the actress
In 2001 Latifa played a lead role in the film Sokoot Ha Ensawwar ("Silence... We're Rolling"), directed by Youssef Chahine. She also starred in the play Hokom Al Roa'yaan ("Reign of the Shepherds") in 2004 written by Mansour Rahbani. In 2007 she appeared in the seventh episode of the Arabic version of emergency room, where she played the role of a singer.
Facts about Latifa
- During her twenty-plus-year career, Latifa has released over 30 music videos and over 20 albums. Over 20 million albums were sold.
- Latifa has dedicated many of her songs to Arab countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.