Lotfi Bouchnak

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Lotfi Bouchnak

Lotfi Bouchnak (Tunisian Arabic: لطفي بوشناق‎, Bosnian: Lutfi Bošnjak) (born January 18, 1952) is a Tunisian singer, ud player, composer and public figure. He is considered one of the best tenors in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab world[1][2] and has been dubbed as Tunisia's "Pavarotti".[3]

Biography[edit]

Bouchnak was born in Tunis, Tunisia to a family of Turkish-Bosniak origin.[2] At a young age, he began re-performing the songs of Oum Kalthoum and other masters of Egyptian music. He joined the "Youth Musical Group of Tunis", then "Arrachidia", where he started improving his vocal skills with Ali Sriti. He also learnt to play the Oud. In 1979, at the age of 25, Bouchnak recorded his first song composed by Ahmed Siddiqui. He then started working with other famous composers such as Sayed Mekkaoui, Fathallah Ahmed, and Anwar Brahem.[1] In the 1980s, he started composing songs for other artists such as Khaled and the rap group IAM.[1] Bouchnak has been one of few artists to have regular shows in the Cairo Opera House since 1992. He won the Best Arab Singer Award in Washington DC, in 1997.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Yala FM. "Biography: Lotfi Bouchnak". Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  2. ^ a b Last FM. "Lotfi Bouchnak". Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ McGuinness, Justin (2002), Tunisia Handbook, Footprint Travel Guides, p. 465, ISBN 1903471281