George Wassouf

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Sultan El-Tarab (سلطان الطرب)
George Wassouf
جورج وسوف
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Background information
Born (1961-12-23) 23 December 1961 (age 59)
OriginTartous, Syria
GenresArabic Music, Egyptian Music
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1976–present
Labels
Websitewassoufworld.com

George Wassouf (Arabic: جورج وسوف‎; born 23 December 1961,[1] nicknamed Abou-Wadie (ابو وديع) and Sultan El-Tarab (سلطان الطرب)) is a Syrian singer and actor.[2][3] In a career spanning more than four decades, he has released more than 30 albums. With a significantly large audience of fans in Lebanon, Syria, throughout the Arab world and abroad, he is one of the most successful Arab singers selling over 60 million records worldwide.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Wassouf was born in Kafroun, Syria to a Greek Orthodox Christian family. [5] Wassouf started singing at the age of 10 in his hometown Kafroun. He was discovered by his first manager and producer George Yazbeck at a wedding party that Wassouf was performing at, aged 12 years old. At the age of 16, he was called Sultan El-Tarab by the Lebanese journalist George Ibrahim El Khoury, a magazine director, Arabic for The Sultan of Music, with his classic song "el-Hawa Sultan".[6] He became famous after appearing on the Lebanese show Studio El Fan 1980 when he was 19 years old as Sultan of Tarab.[6] Wassouf holds the Lebanese passport

Wassouf preferred not to shoot music videos for his songs saying: "I don't feel I can act... I really can't... I only find myself when I'm on the stage... singing, but the video clip forces me to act".[6]

Personal life[edit]

George Wassouf married his first wife, Shalimar, at the age of 21. They have three children: Hatem Wassouf, George Jr. Wassouf, Wadie Wassouf. The couple separated after 28 years of marriage in 2009.[7]

He was married to Qatar rally champion Nada Zeidan, his second wife. They divorced in 2016.[8] Their daughter, Oyoon, was born in October 2015.[9]

Wassouf has been a prominent supporter of President Bashar al-Assad's government throughout the Syrian Civil War.[10]

Discography[edit]

  • 1983: Ouwidni Salmtek Byied Allah
  • 1984: El Hawa Sultan
  • 1992: Rouh El Rouh
  • 1993: She' Ghareeb
  • 1994: Kalam El Nass
  • 1996: Leil Al Ashiqeen
  • 1998: Lissa El Dounya Bi Khair
  • 1999: Tabeeb Garrah
  • 2000: Dol Mush Habayib
  • 2001: Zaman El Ajayib
  • 2002: Inta Gherhom
  • 2003: Salaf Wi Deine
  • 2004: Etakhart Kteer
  • 2006: Heya El Ayam
  • 2008: Kalamak Ya Habibi
  • 2009: Allah Kareem, Shoukran
  • 2012: Best of Wassouf
  • 2015: Shtaanelak

Live Albums[edit]

  • Sings Oum Kolthoum Vol. 1, 1983.
  • Sings Oum Kolthoum Vol. 2, 1995.
  • Sings Oum Kolthoum Vol. 3, 1997.
  • Sings Abdel Halim Hafez, 1998.
  • Sings Warda, 1999

Singles[edit]

  • Ahla Ayam El Omr, 1995.
  • Amri Lellah, 1995.
  • Mahlak Tmahal Ya Malak, 1995.
  • Rahal El Batal, 2000.
  • Ferhat Rejouak Ya Loubnan, 2010.
  • Dawarat El Ayam, 2010.
  • Aady Ya Donia, 2011.
  • Biyehsedouni, 2011.
  • Seket El Kalam, 2013 [11]
  • Bisaalouni Aleik, 2013.
  • Ya Oumi, 2013.
  • Zekrayat, 2013.
  • Shouq El Omr, 2013.
  • Tarakni Ghab, 2014.
  • Bandahlak, 2017.
  • Malikat Gamal El Rouh, 2018 [12]
  • Hal El Garih, 2019.

Clips[edit]

  • Yalli Taebna Senin Fi Hawak, 1986.
  • Ya Moualdani, 1986.
  • Kalam El Nass, 1994.
  • Erda Bel Nassib, 1996.
  • Lissa El Donya Bkheir, 1998.
  • Tabib Garah, 1999.
  • Ana Assef, 1999.
  • Dul Mush Habayeb, 2000.
  • Ma Teoulou Leih, 2000.
  • Zaman El Agayeb, 2001.
  • Youm El Wadaa, 2001.
  • Salaf We Dayn, 2003.
  • Etakhart Ktir, 2004.
  • Sehert El Leyl, 2004.
  • Leilat Wadaana, 2006.
  • Asaab Fourak, 2008.
  • Aallem Albi El Shouk, 2008.
  • Ferhat Rejouak Ya Loubnan, 2010.
  • Dawarat El Ayam, 2010.
  • Biyehsedouni, 2011.
  • Malikat Gamal El Rouh, 2018.
  • Hal El Garih, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Wassouf celebrates his 57th birthday on Dec. 23". egypttoday.com. Mustafa Marie. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  2. ^ Skinner, Patricia (October 2004). Syria. Gareth Stevens. pp. 33–. ISBN 978-0-8368-3118-4. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Dh4.2m suit against syrian singer George Wassouf thrown out". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  4. ^ Behnke, Alison. Syria in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 71. ISBN 9780822523963.
  5. ^ "At the initiative of the national office for culture and information: George Wassouf in concerts in Sétif and Algiers". djazairess.com. Samira Sidhoum. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "George Wassouf Biography". fleurdamour.blogit.fr.
  7. ^ George Wassouf and rally champion Nada Zeidan's marriage reaches the finish line!
  8. ^ "George Wassouf secretly divorces rally champion wife!". www.albawaba.com.
  9. ^ It's a girl! George Wassouf and Nada Zeidan welcome their firstborn into the world
  10. ^ Naharnet Newsdesk (19 June 2014). "Maher Assad Appears for First Time in Four Years". Naharnet. Naharnet. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Georges Wassouf to release 'Seket el Kalam' soon". egypttoday.
  12. ^ "Georges Wassouf: This job, I do it for you ..." lorientlejour.com. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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