Hiba Tawaji

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Hiba Tawaji
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Hiba Tawaji in Paris, 2008.
Background information
Native name هبة ميشال طوجي
Birth name Hiba Michel Tawaji
Born (1987-12-10) December 10, 1987 (age 29)
Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon
Origin Lebanese
Genres Arabic music, jazz, opera, funk, pop music
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, director
Years active 2007—present
Website http://www.hibatawaji.me/

Hiba Michel Tawaji (Arabic: هبة ميشال طوجي‎‎; born December 10, 1987) is a Lebanese soprano coloratura singer (4 octave vocal-range)[citation needed], actress, and director. She played the main female role in some of the most known Rahbani musicals. She also participated in the fourth season of France's version of The Voice, in which she was coached by Mika. She sings in Arabic, English and French. After The Voice, she signed up with Mercury Records in 2015. On 30 May 2016, it was announced that Tawaji will join the cast of Notre-Dame de Paris as Esmeralda in the revival of the musical.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Achrafieh, Beirut, she grew up in Elissar, in the Matn District. She learned music at a young age, however, she avoided to sing in front of her parents at home. From 1990 and until 2005, Tawaji studied in Athenee de Beyrouth School and got her BA in French literature.

From 2002 until 2007, she took singing lessons and solfeggio at Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine. Then she went to Saint Joseph University of Beirut, IESAV, and majored in audio-visual and cinematographic studies, earning her B.A. in 2010.

Since 2007, she has been developing vocal techniques and interpretation with Lebanese producer and composer Oussama Rahbani. As well as taking vocal lessons with Lebanese singer and vocal coach Wadih Abi Raad. She also took private opera lessons with Galina Khaldeeva.

Between May and July 2010, she took vocal lessons with Emmy Award winner Gwen Conley in New York. In that same period, she followed a three-month intensive acting workshop at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.

The Voice[edit]

In 2015, Tawaji took part in the fourth season of The Voice: la plus belle voix, France's version of The Voice. In the blind auditions, she auditioned with "Les Moulins de mon cœur" by Michel Legrand with all four judges, Mika, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Zazie turning their chairs. Tawaji opted to be in Team Mika. The blind audition was broadcast on day 3 of the auditions on 24 January 2015.

On 7 March 2015, in the Battles Round, Mika put her against Nög, another contestant in his team, both co-singing in "Mon amie la rose" from Françoise Hardy. Mika chose to keep Tawaji to the next round, with Nög being stolen by coach Zazie.

On 28 March, during the "L'Épreuve ultime" round, she interpreted "Fighter", a song by Christina Aguilera. She ended up staying in the Top 3 of Team Mika alongside Sharon Laloum and Yann'Sine Jebli, with David Thibault being stolen by Mika from Team Florent Pagny as a fourth new member of Team Mika.

In the live rounds, she sang "Everytime" from Britney Spears and was saved by public vote as top pick from Team Mika. In the second live round, she sang "Amoureuse" from Véronique Sanson again ending as public favourite from Team Mika with the biggest number of votes. Mika also opted to keep David Thibaut as Top 2 in his team.

On the semi-finals held on April 18, she confronted David Thibault in a bid to represent Team Mika in the final. She sang "Pas là" from Vianney, but lost to Thibault in the public vote, with the latter going to the 25 April 2015 final. Tawaji ended up finishing joint 5th to 8th place for the season.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2009 – Sayf 840 "صيف 840" (Highlights and the complete version) by Mansour Rahbani
  • 2012 – La Bidayi Wala Nihayi "لا بداية ولا نهاية", (Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji)
No. Track Name Music Lyrics Arranged/Orchestrated/Adapted/Conducted
1 La bidayi wala nihayi – (لا بداية ولا نهاية) – ("The Windmills of Your Mind") Michel Legrand Mansour Rahbani Adapted, orchestrated and conducted by Oussama Rahbani
2 Herban – (هربان) – ("Running away") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged by Oussama Rahbani
3 La tkelli innak mechtakli – (لا تقلّي إنك مشتقلي) – ("Don't tell me that you miss me") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
4 Zat ellafti – (ذات اللفتة) – ("Same glimpse") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
5 Machyi w ma baaref la weyn – (ماشية وما بعرف لوين) – ("Salvador Dalí") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
6 Kell shabi fallou – (كل صحابي فلّو) – ("All my friends are gone") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
7 Tango el horriyyi – (تانغو الحرية) – ("Libertango") Astor Piazzolla Ghadi Rahbani Adapted, orchestrated and conducted by Oussama Rahbani
8 Helm – (حلم) – ("Dream") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
9 Khayfi koul – (خايفة قول) – ("Afraid to say") Oussama & Jad Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged by Oussama Rahbani & Jad Rahbani
10 Bel omr elli baki – (بالعمر اللي باقي) – ("What are you doing the rest of your life") Michel Legrand Mansour Rahbani Adapted, orchestrated and conducted by Oussama Rahbani
11 Almourtazaka – (المرتزقة) – ("Mercenaries") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
12 Ftahli el bab (فتحلي الباب) – ("Let me in") Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Arranged and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
  • 2011 – Don Quixote ( by Marwan, Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani)
Introduction of the Album Don Quixote
  • Music composed, orchestrated and produced by Oussama Rahbani,
  • lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani,
  • directed by Marwan Rahbani,
  • play produced by Byblos International Festival and Oussama Rahbani,
  • album produced by 'Oussama Rahbani

Cast:

  • Hiba Tawaji (Dulcinea – Dima),
  • Elie Khayat (Don Quixote),
  • Gilbert Jalkh (Samho El Ghoul),
  • Nader Khoury (Farmer),
  • Simon Obeid (The Priest),
  • Wadih Abi Raad (Chancellors – Ambassadors – Shamshoum)
  • and choir.
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered at Georges Merheb Studio
  • Sound engineer: Georges Merheb
  • Artistic consultant" Fouad Khoury
  • Set and costume designer: Agnes Treplin
  • Choreography: Dolly Sfeir and Pascale Sayegh Zgheib
  • Animation and graphic design: Adaimy Studios
  • Photos by Wael Hamza, Jana Younes
  • Starring Rafic Ali Ahmad, Hiba Tawaji, Paul Sleiman, Tony Balaban, Nazih Youssef, Assad Haddad, Maya Yammine, Toni Issa, Rita Hayek, Boutros Hanna.

Track list

  1. Ouverture المقدمة الأولى
  2. Aalbal ya watanna عالبال يا وطنّا
  3. Min a’shik gharib من عاشق غريب
  4. Yemkin sarli aktar men daher يمكن صرلي أكتر من دهر
  5. Rayhin رايحين
  6. Lamouni ktir لاموني كتير
  7. Dehket lhkoul ضحكت الحقول
  8. Ghannou leddar غنّو للدار
  9. Min li byekhtar مين اللي بيختار
  10. Mouhakamat al maktaba محاكمة المكتبة
  11. Hata el ketob hara’touha حتى الكتب حرقتوها
  12. Elli ya habibi قلي يا حبيبي
  13. Moujtamaana bi khatar مجتمعنا بخطر
  14. Kasik ya madini كاسك يا مدينة
  15. Ahla be Don Assad أهلا بالدون أسعد
  16. Ahmar Azrak أحمر أزرق
  17. La valse – Douri ya tawahin الفالس – دوري يا طواحين
  18. Machiyeh wma ba’ref la weyn ماشية ما بعرف لوين
  19. Aazameh w fakhameh عظمة وفخامة
  20. Samho hakem al jazireh سمحو حاكم الجزيرة
  21. Awlak leych mlahekni قولك ليش ملاحقني
  22. Jayi tezraa ahlam جايي تزرع أحلام
  23. Jano al tawahin / Watan al hassassine جنو الطواحين – وطن الحساسين
  24. Ouverture المقدمة الثانية
  • 2014 – Ya Habibi "يا حبيبي"
No. Track Name Music Lyrics Arranged/Orchestrated/Adapted/Conducted
1 Khalas – (خلص) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
2 Sabah El Kheir – (صباح الخير) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
3 Awwal Ma Cheftou – (أول ما شفتو) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
4 Lamma Byofda El Masrah – (لما بيفضى المسرح) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
5 Yamamaton – (يمامة) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
6 Hobbi Li Intaha – (حبي اللي انتهى) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
7 Al Rabih Al Arabi – (الربيع العربي) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
8 Helwa Ya Baladi – (حلوة يا بلدي) Samir Kassab, Jeff Barnel & Bernard Dahan Samir Kassab, Jeff Barnel & Bernard Dahan Adapted by Mohamed Marwan Saada, Arranged & Orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
9 Maakoul – (معقول) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
10 Ya Habibi (poem) – ((يا حبيبي (شعر) Background music : "Adagio from Spartacus" by Aram Khachaturian Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
11 Ya Habibi – (يا حبيبي) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
12 Ana Habbaytou – (أنا حبيتو) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
13 Al Mar'a – (المرأة العربية) Oussama Rahbani Ghadi Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
14 Osset Dayaa (Zorba the Greek Mix) – (قصة ضيعة) Mikis Theodorakis Ghadi Rahbani Adapted & Orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani
15 Beirut – (بيروت) Oussama Rahbani Henry Zougheib Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani
16 Eli W Elak El Sama – (إلي والك السما) Oussama Rahbani Mansour Rahbani Music & Orchestration by Oussama Rahbani

• we love Disney best of (2015)

Notre Dame De Paris (the album: 2016)

  • Hiba Tawaji 30 double album (2017), produced by Oussama Rahbani
  • Track "Solidarité" in Mathieu Chedid's album Lamomali, April 2017

Filmography[edit]

  • "the rope" AL HABLA _ director by hiba tawaji 2013
  • 2014 – al rabih al arabi _ concept by hiba tawaji, oussama rahbani & ghadi rahbani ( video clip as a short movie )

Music videos[edit]

  • 2008 – Metl el rih, "متل الريح" – Directed by Joe Bou Eid | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Written by Mansour Rahbani for the musical play "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix
  • 2012 – Helm, "حلم" – Directed by Hiba Tawaji | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the album La Bidayi Wala Nihayi "لا بداية ولا نهاية"
  • 2012 – Aal Bal Ya Watanna, "عالبال يا وطنّا" – Directed by Hiba Tawaji | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani) | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the musical play Don Quixote by Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani
  • 2011 – Machyi w ma baarif la weyn, "ماشية وما بعرف لوين" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani| Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2011 – Min elli byekhtar, "مين اللي بيختار" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2011 – Elli ya habibi oul, "قلّي يا حبيبي قول" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2011 – Lamouni Ktir, "لاموني كتير" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2011 – Kasik Ya Madini, "كاسك يا مديني" – Directed by Marwan Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the stage performance in the musical play Don Quixote
  • 2013 _ ZAT EL LAFTI music video | directed by hiba tawaji .
  • 2013 _ LA TKELLI music video | directed by hiba tawaji .
  • Al-Murtazaka
  • Libertango
  • Awlad al Chawareh (rami zeineddine)
  • 2014 – Khalas, "خلص" – Directed by Fabrice Begotti | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the album Ya Habibi "يا حبيبي"
  • 2014 – Al Rabih Al Arabi, "الربيع العربي" – a video clip as a short movie Directed by Serge Oryan | Concept by Oussama Rahbani, Hiba Tawaji, Serge Oryan | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | Taken from the album Ya Habibi "يا حبيبي"
  • 2014 – Metl El Chajar Mazrou3in, "متل الشجر مزروعين" – Directed by Joe Bou Eid | Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani | Produced, composed and orchestrated by Oussama Rahbani | Lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani | A tribute to the Lebanese Army on its 69th anniversary
  • 2014 _ aria queen of the night, by mozart, taken from the live show " ya habibi " | concept by hiba tawaji, mozart, oussama rahbani, directed by marwan rahbani .
  • Trois jeun tambours-2014 taken from "ya habibi" live show... directed by Marwan Rahbani.
  • 2014 _ i have nothing, by hiba tawaji . cover, taken from the live show " ya habibi " | directed by marwan rahbani .
  • 2015 _ vole, by hiba tawaji . cover | directed by hiba tawaji .
  • La Omri (2016) directed by Hiba Tawaji
  • 2016- Bghannilak Ya Watani (بغنيلك يا وطني) Directed by Hiba Tawaji and produced by Oussama Rahbani
  • 2017- Wahdi La Hali (وحدي لحالي) directed by Mokhtar Beyrouth, produced by Oussama Rahbani
  • 2017- Disney: Haza Zamani

Musicals[edit]

  • 2008 – Byblos International Festival: "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix (by Oussama Rahbani),[2]
  • 2008 – Dubai: "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix (by Oussama Rahbani)
  • 2008 – 2009 – Casino du Liban: "عودة الفينيق" The Return of the Phoenix (by Oussama Rahbani)
  • 2009 – Byblos International Festival: "صيف 840" Summer 840 (by Mansour Rahbani)[3]
  • 2009–2010 Casino du Liban: "صيف 840" Summer 840 (by Mansour Rahbani)
  • 2010/2016 – Qatar: "ملوك الطوائف" Moulouk Al Tawaef and tannourine festivals/Tannourine festivals
  • 2011 – Byblos International Festival: Don Quixote (by Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani)[4]
  • 2016/2017 – Notre dame de Paris (paris-Taiwan-Geneva-junieh-all French cities)

Concerts[edit]

  • Easter concert
  • March 2011 – Abu Dhabi Festival: "An evening with Oussama Rahbani", Zaha Hadid Pavilion, Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji & Wadih Abi Raad.[5]
  • August 2011 – Ehdeniyat festival: "Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji & Wadih Abi Raad" [6]
  • November 2011 – Palais des congrès Dbayyeh – Lebanon: "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji & Wadih Abi Raad" [7]
  • February 2012 – Saint Joseph Church Monot – Lebanon: "Synergy" a symphonic piece by Oussama Rahbani. Conducted by Maestro Michel Khairallah, performed by The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiba Tawaji (Soprano) & the NDU Choir.[8]
  • September 2012 – Palais Des Congres Dbayyeh – Lebanon: "Lana wa lakom al hayat" A Concert for "Gebran Tueini Foundation" 2012 By Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji. Music by Oussama Rahbani, Mansour Rahbani, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani, Ghadi Rahbani.[9]
  • July 2014 – Festival International De Hammamet – Tunisia: Oussama Rahbani presents Hiba Tawaji in concert at Festival International De Hammamet.[10]
  • March 2013 – Abu Dhabi Festival: With the NSOU National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Conducted by Maestro Vladimir Sirenko. Produced & Orchestrated by Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani.[11]
  • July 2013 – Byblos International Festival – Lebanon: "Rahbani Summer Night". With the NSOU National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Conducted by Maestro Vladimir Sirenko. Produced & Orchestrated by Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani.[12]
  • Bahrin International Festival (Rahbaniat)
  • April 2014 – Oman ROH (Royal Opera House Muscat) – Oman: 2 concerts, with the NSOU National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Conducted by Maestro Vladimir Sirenko. Produced & Orchestrated by Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani.[13]
  • 2014 – BIG concert at meziara Lebanon
  • August 2014 – Batroun International Festival – Lebanon: "Ya Habibi" – Hiba performed songs taken from the albums "Ya Habibi", "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Don Quixote" among other hit songs. Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani, Composed, Arranged & Produced by Oussama Rahbani, Directed by Marwan Rahbani.[14]
  • November 2014 – Casino du Liban – Lebanon: 2 concerts, "Ya Habibi" – Hiba performed songs taken from the albums "Ya Habibi", "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Don Quixote" among other hit songs. Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani, Composed, Arranged & Produced by Oussama Rahbani, Directed by Marwan Rahbani.[15]
  • 2015 – balamand university 2015, oussama rahbani presents hiba tawaji in concert . ( free entry )
  • 2015 – paris, France 2015, oussama rahbani presents hiba tawaji in concert . ( free entry )
  • 2015 – BIG concert at byblos Lebanon
  • 2015 – the concert of the voice France 2015 . ( the voice tour )
  • 2015 – for TRABLUS, performing at tripoli festival, Lebanon .
  • 2015 – abu dhabi _ hiba tawaji and oussama rahbani.
  • 2015 – les moulins de mon cœur _ hiba tawaji, oussama rahbani and ibrahim maalouf.
  • 2016 – TARATATA France, hiba tawaji and ibrahim maalouf.
  • 2016 – private concert for SGBL bank.
  • 2016 – notre dame de paris concert.
  • 2016 – Ibrahim Maalouf concert : 10 ans de Live, 16th of December 2016
  • 2017 – Concert at Sharjah World Music Festival, United Arab Emirates, 13 January 2017
  • 2017 – 2 concerts in Morocco, March 2017
  • 2017 – Big concert at Arz Festivals, 5 August 2017 (TEN)
  • 2017 – Concert in Zahle Festivals, 12 August 2017
  • 2017 – 2 concerts at beirut (hadath & adha festivals)

Concerts with the NSOU[edit]

Performing with the NSOU (National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine), conducted by Maestro Volodimir Sirenko. Produced & Orchestrated by Ghadi & Oussama Rahbani.

Other Rahbani concerts

  • Bahrain International festival (Rahbaniat)
  • 2016 – Rahbani Summer Night – Dead Sea Festival, Jordan

ya habibi "live show"[edit]

  • 2014: Ya Habibi – big concert "show" – Oussama Rahbani presents Hiba Tawaji in concert, sounds, lights, dance & visuals
  • August 2014 – Batroun International Festival – Lebanon: "Ya Habibi" – Hiba performed songs taken from the albums "Ya Habibi", "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Don Quixote" among other hit songs. Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani, Composed, Arranged & Produced by Oussama Rahbani, Directed by Marwan Rahbani.[14]
  • November 2014 – Casino du Liban – Lebanon: 2 concerts, "Ya Habibi" – Hiba performed songs taken from the albums "Ya Habibi", "La bidayi wala nihayi", "Don Quixote" among other hit songs. Concept by Oussama Rahbani & Hiba Tawaji, Lyrics by the Great Mansour Rahbani & Ghadi Rahbani, Composed, Arranged & Produced by Oussama Rahbani, Directed by Marwan Rahbani

CDs & DVDs[edit]

  • 2009 – Sayf 840 album
  • 2011 – Done quixote album
  • 2012 – La bidayi wala nihayi album
  • 2013 – Cd _ the songs of la bidayi wala nihayi ( the concert ) with wadih abi raad .
  • 2013 – DVD _ la bidayi wala nihayi full concert with wadih abi raad .
  • 2014 – Ya habibi album
  • 2015 – We Love Disney Best Of
  • 2016 – CD – Hiba Tawaji concert at Byblos International Festival 2015.
  • 2016 – DVD – Hiba Tawaji concert at Byblos International Festival 2015.
  • 2017 – Hiba Tawaji 30

TV commercials[edit]

  • 2013: VEET
  • 2014: VEET PURE
  • 2016: SGBL bank Lebanon.

Awards[edit]

  • November 2011 – BIAF – Beirut International Award Festival in Pavillon Royal/Biel – Beirut[16]

References[edit]

External links[edit]