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|Birth name||Obayda Haidar Attieh|
|Born||July 1, 1982|
|Years active||2003 - present|
|Labels||Al Shams, Yalla Fan|
Rouwaida Attieh (Arabic: رويدا عطية) is a Syrian vocalist, born in Talklakh, Syria, 40 kilometers from Homs (ancient Emesa). She has four siblings, Fatima, Haitham, Zainab, and Shaima'. Rouwaida was the first runner-up on the first season of Super Star, the pan-Arab import of "Pop Idol". Along with Lebanese contestant Melhem Zein, she was a favourite to win the contest, which was won by Jordanian contestant Diana Karazon.
Rouwaida is the daughter of Haydar and Najida Attieh. Her father was brought up in Tripoli, Lebanon, where he studied and graduated from High School. He met Najidamoved when he moved to Egypt to specialize in law. The couple married and came back to Lebanon, where Najida was introduced to Laila Baroudi and they became best friends, Laila had a girl called "Obayda" whom Najida always described as "so beautiful" and decided to call her first new born baby girl "Obayda".
From her early childhood, Rouwaida used to watch Umm Kulthum's concerts on TV and she learned "Enta 3omry" when she was five years old. Her father was fascinated by her talent and he encouraged her. She studied music and playing oud (an oriental musical instrument) and she was a member in many clubs for preserving the folklore of the Arabic songs.
Rouwaida has quickly risen to fame thanks to the sheer power of her voice, and her skill in using it. Her deep and expressive voice helps her excel in the classical Arabic tarab style and the Levantine dabke style. She has worked with countless Arab musical giants, such as Lebanese composer Imad Shamseddine (credited with most of Najwa Karam’s success), Lebanese legend Wadih El Safi, and Egyptian composer Salah El Sharnoubi (credited with much of Warda’s later hits). In 2003 Rouwaida participated in Super Star 1, she reached the finals and won the hearts of millions of the people in the Arab World.
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- "Rouwaida Attieh". jpop.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010.