Julia Boutros

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Julia Boutros
جوليا بطرس
Julia Boutros - Beirut Holidays Festival - August 23, 2012.jpg
Julie Boutros interviewed in Beirut Holidays Festival in August 23, 2012
Background information
Birth name Julia Khalil Boutros
Born (1968-04-01) April 1, 1968 (age 50)
Beirut, Lebanon
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1980–present
Website Official website

Julia Boutros (Arabic: جوليا بطرس‎; born April 1, 1968[1]) is a Lebanese singer that rose to stardom in the 1980s with a series of songs like "Ghabet Shams El Haq" and "Wen el malaieen". She is also the sister of Ziad Boutros and the wife of the former Minister of Education Elias Bou Saab.[2]

Biography[edit]

Julia was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 1, 1968, into a Christian Maronite family to a father from Tyre, Lebanon and a Palestinian Armenian mother. She was educated at the Rosary Sisters Schools where she sang in the school choir. Growing up, she and her brother were heavily influenced by Ziad Rahbani's works. When she was 12 years old she recorded her first song, entitled "A Maman",[1] at Elias Al Rahbani studios. This was introduced to her by her music teacher Fouad Fadel. She also recorded two songs, "C'est la Vie" & "Viens dans Ma Vie".[1]

On October 11, 2006, Julia announced a new single called "Ahibaii" (Dearly Beloved). The lyrics are based on a letter sent by Hizbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah to the fighters in South Lebanon during the 2006 Summer War between Hezbollah and Israel.[3] The poet Ghassan Matar adapted the original text. The music is composed by Ziad, brother of Julia and arranged by Michel Fadel. The profits from the song's sale went to help the families of Hizbollah fighters and to all Lebanese who died during the Israel-Lebanon conflict.[3] Sales eventually garnered three million dollars for the families of the Lebanese civilians, soldiers, security forces, and Hezbollah militants who have been killed in the Israel-Lebanon conflict.[3] The sum was triple the original aim, which was only one million dollars.[3] The families of Lebanese soldiers killed during operation Naher el-Bared also received a portion of the money.[4]

Besides support for Hezbollah she has also given her support for resistance groups in Gaza with the song “Al-Haq Silahi” (Righteousness Is My Weapon) and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.[5] [6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1982 : C'est La Vie (This is the Life)
  • 1985 : Ghabet Shams El Haq (The Sun of Justice Has Gone)
  • 1987 : Wain Msafer (Where Are You Travelling To?)
  • 1989 : Haflet Sour
  • 1991 : Hikayet Aatab (A Story of Lament)
  • 1994 : Kosass (Stories)
  • 1996 : Al Karar (The Decision)
  • 1998 : Shi Gharib (Something Weird)
  • 2001 : Bisaraha (Honestly)
  • 2004 : La B'ahlamak (Never in Your Dreams)
  • 2006 : Ta'awadna Aaleik (We're Used to You)
  • 2010 : Live at Casino Du Liban (+DVD)
  • 2012 : Yawman Ma (Someday)
  • 2012 : Miladak (Your Christmas)
  • 2013 : Julia Live at Platea
  • 2014 : Hkayet Watan (The Story of a Country)
  • 2016 : Ana Meen (Who am I?)

Music videos[edit]

  • Ghabet Shams El Haq (The Sun of Justice Has Gone)
  • Nadani W Albi Mal (He Called Me and My Heart Fell)
  • Wayn Msafer (Where Are You Travelling To?)
  • Kermalak (For You)
  • Lamma Elta'ayna (When We Met)
  • Ana Mesh Elak (I'm Not Yours)
  • Ya Ossas (Stories)
  • Wa'ef Ya Zaman (Time Can You Stop)
  • Chi Gharib (Something Weird)
  • Ala Zaw'ak (As You Please)
  • Nasheed El Horriyeh (The Hymn of Freedom)
  • La B'ahlamak (Never in Your Dreams)
  • Aala Shou (What For?!)
  • Betnaffas Horriyeh (I Breathe Freedom)
  • Ahiba'i (Dearly Beloved)
  • Sou' Tafahom (A Misunderstanding)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Julia Boutros Biography". Julia Boutros Official Website. Archived from the original on 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Education Minister Elias Abu Saab", (Lebanese) National News Agency, 15 February 2014
  3. ^ a b c d "Julia Boutros Collects Us$3million". Julia Boutros Official Website. Archived from the original on 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ كلمة السيدة جوليا بطرس - الأربعاء 11 تموز 2007 (in Arabic). Julia Boutros Official Website. July 11, 2007. Archived from the original on December 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Julia Boutros sings in support of Gaza". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, "Pro-Assad Songs: "Fire Your Guns, Show No Mercy" by Julia Boutros", Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's Blog, 20 September 2013

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