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, 15 July 2016
Background information
Native name سميرة سعيد
Birth name Samira Bensaïd
Also known as Samira Said
Born (1958-01-10) 10 January 1958 (age 59)
Sidi Kacem, Morocco
Genres Arabic music, Egyptian pop, Moroccan pop.
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, entrepreneur
Years active 1975–present
Labels Mazzika
Alam El Phan
Rotana Records

Samira Said (Arabic: سميرة سعيد‎‎, Samira Bensaïd) (born 10 January 1958), is a Moroccan-Egyptian Arabic pop singer who is widely known in the Arab World.


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

Samira Said was born in Rabat, Morocco.[1] She began singing at the age of nine, and was discovered on the music program, Mawaheb, broadcast on Royal Moroccan TV, she then moved to Egypt where her fame around the Arab world begun. She has dual nationality of Morocco and Egypt; her resident home since 40 years as she moved to Cairo back on the year 1977. She has all her albums in the Egyptian dialect of Arabic but She also recorded some songs in the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, such as: "Kifash Tlakina" ("How we Met"), "Fayetli sheftek shi marra" ("I've seen you once"), "Sarkouh" ("They Stole Him"), and "Al Behhara" ("Mariners"). Her singles included "Maghlouba" ("Beaten") and "Wa'ady" ("My Love"). In 1980 she represented both Egypt and her native Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 singing a hit song within Egypt at that time called Bitaqat Hub, placing 18th out of the 19 contestants.

Said has recorded many Egyptian hits that were ranked highly in Egypt such as: "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 the Egyptian composer Mohamed El Mougi, sang and acted in the film 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 Aagib" ("I Don't Get You"), and "Menghir Sabab" ("For No Reason").

In 2000, she also released the Egyptian hit song "Lilah Habeebee", ("One Night, My Love"), the 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 Award based on worldwide sales figures for that year. Said won the BBC award 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.[4][5]

Mazal was released in October 2013.


Halina Hopkis called Said "an emblem of trans-nationality 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]

Said won the Rabab D'or prize at the Tétouan's Voix des Femmes Festival in 2008.[7] She was the winner of the Murex d'Or Award in 2009.[8]

At the 2009 Timitar Festival in Agadir, Said performed for a crowd of 100,000[9] In 2011, the Beirut International Award Festival (BIAF) honored a number of Arab and international singers including Said.[10][11] She has been both credited and criticized for bringing Arab music into the pop-driven, commercially fueled 21st century.[12]

According to Egypt's big newspaper Al Ahram, Said's albums have sold over 50 million copies and over 80 million records."[5][13][14]

Musical style[edit]

Samira Said performing on the Star Academy Arab World TV Show; Beirut, Lebanon; 8 July 2011

Samira mainly sings in Egyptian Arabic, cooperating with many Cairo musicians and composers. Hopkins said that "One of the main reasons Said’s music is so popular in Egypt and the Middle East 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]

Philanthropy and humanitarian work[edit]

Said spearheaded concerts to draw people together after the 2006 riots in immigrant suburbs across France, and to bring about solidarity between all religions.[16][17][18]


  • 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).[19]
  • Har Taraf (duet with Shaan from India)
  • Awweeni Beek (2004)
  • Ayaam Hayati (2008)
  • Be winner ft. Fnaïre (2010)
  • Khallouh (2010)
  • Mazal (2013)[20][21]


  1. ^ "سميرة سعيد: أنا مصرية الجنسية ومغربية الهوية". Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Samira Said: Winner in the Middle East Category; Garth Cartwright; 2002
  3. ^ Winners of the 2003 World Music Awards; Oct. 12, 2003; Monaco;;
  4. ^ LG Fait Chanter Samira Bensaid; Aujourd’hui le Maroc; 2004
  5. ^ a b Samira Saeid; the Best-seller Moroccan Singer in Arabic Music History; Best Sellers; Stars Cafe Entertainment; 2009
  6. ^ "Kolleena Ensan: Samira Said's Music as an Interpretation of Moroccan Women's Cultural Identity" (PDF). Halina Hopkins. Valparaiso University. 2011-03-31. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Samira Said Glows in Front of 60,000 Fans". Al Bawaba. Associated Newspapers. 2009-06-28. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Star Scene: Murex D'or Hosts its 9th Award Ceremony". Associated Newspapers. 2009. 
  9. ^ "Timitar Festival 2009". BBC. BBC Radio 3. 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Beirut International Awards Festivals (BIAF) honored Samira Said". BIAF. 2012. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Pack of Cards". Al-Ahram Weekly; Issue No. 1076. Associated Newspapers. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mowafi, Amy (2010-09-10), Samira Said: The Time of Her Life 
  13. ^ Samira Said: A Moroccan Star Shines in the Arab World;; 2009-02-05)
  14. ^ Samira Said's record "Ayaam Hayati" Has Been Ranked No. 1 Best-selling Album of 2008; البوم سميرة سعيد يحتل المرتبة الأولى; (2004-12-16)]
  15. ^ "Proceedings of The National Conference On Undergraduate Research" (PDF). Halina Hopkins. Valparaiso University. 2011-03-31. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Samira Saeed Fights Terrorism". Al Bawaba. Associated Newspapers. 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  17. ^ "Concert Pour la Tolérance: Réussi, Oui Mais". GoAgadir. Associated Newspapers. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  18. ^ "Concert Pour la Tolérance 2007 à Agadir". Associated Newspapers. 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  19. ^ Garth, Cartwright (2002-02-13), Samira Said: Egypt's top female singer 
  20. ^ worldmusicawards (2013-10-11), Morocco: Samira Saïd Nominated for Worlds Best Song 
  21. ^ "Moroccan Diva Samira Said Back with a Great Song in "Darija"". Morocco World News. 12 October 2013. Archived from the original on October 17, 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)
  • 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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