George Wassouf

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George Wassouf
جورج وسوف
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Background information
Born (1961-12-23) December 23, 1961 (age 53)
Origin Kafroun, Syria
Genres Arabic Music
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1975–present
Labels Rotana

George Wassouf (Arabic: جورج وسوف‎) (born December 23, 1961) is a Syrian singer.[1] In a career spanning almost four decades, he has released more than 30 albums. Wassouf's vocal style has been emulated by younger singers such as Massari[2] and Karl Wolf.[3] With a significantly large audience of fans in Syria and abroad, he is one of the most important singers of the Arab world.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Kafroun, Tartous, Syria into a Christian household. 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 George Ibrahim El Khoury a magazine director, Arabic for The Sultan of Music, with his classic song "el-Hawa Sultan".[5] He became famous after appearing on the Lebanese show Studio El Fan 1980 when he was 19 years old as Sultan of Tarab.[5]

Wassouf preferred not to shoot 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".[5]

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.[6]

He is currently married to Qatar rally champion Nada Zeidan. Their only daughter, "Oyoon", was born in October 2015.[7] Wassouf is a prominent supporter of President Bashar al-Assad's government through the Syrian Civil War.[8]




  1. ^ Skinner, Patricia (October 2004). Syria. Gareth Stevens. pp. 33–. ISBN 978-0-8368-3118-4. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Lebanese Canadian singer dicusses his heritage and rise to fame
  4. ^ Behnke, Alison. Syria in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 71. ISBN 9780822523963. 
  5. ^ a b c [2]
  6. ^ George Wassouf and rally champion Nada Zeidan's marriage reaches the finish line!
  7. ^ It's a girl! George Wassouf and Nada Zeidan welcome their firstborn into the world
  8. ^ Naharnet Newsdesk (19 June 2014). "Maher Assad Appears for First Time in Four Years". Naharnet. Naharnet. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 

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