Walid Toufic

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Walid Toutanji
وليد توفيق
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Walid Toufic
Background information
Born (1954-04-08) April 8, 1954 (age 63)
Origin Lebanon Tripoli, Lebanon
Genres Lebanese, Arabic, Pop-folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1973 — present
Website http://www.walidtoufic.net/

Walid Toutanji (Arabic: وليد توفيق‎‎; also known as Walid Toufic; born April 8, 1954),[1] is a Lebanese singer and actor.

Biography[edit]

Walid Toufic, born Walid Toutounji, grew up with his Sunni family in Tripoli, Lebanon. He later relocated to western Beirut and lived in the residential area of Ibn Rashd Street. His first oud tutor was the blind Amin Azar. During this period, Toufic worked to raise enough money for his music lessons.

In 1973, Toufic participated in the Lebanese talent show, Studio El Fan. His success in this show was his first step towards stardom. He was described as "the beginner who performed like a star".[citation needed]

Toufic became popular and made his big break in Egypt. His acting career began soon afterwards where he starred in movies with various Arab stars, including Farid al-Atrash, Mariam Fakhr Eddine, Madiha Yousri, Samir Ghanem, Laila Elwi, Duraid Lahham, Hoda Sultan, Saeed Saleh, Raghda, and Athar El-Hakim, among others.

Toufic had the opportunity to present songs from composer Baligh Hamdi, resulting in a collaborative friendship between them. Songs like Ehna El-Tayibin and Sinin Ahbab were met with success. Meeting prominent 20th-century Arab-Egyptian singer and composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab played a substantial part in influencing Toufic.

Toufic's song subjects include love and patriotism of his home country. His popularity in the Arab world has won him the title of The Arab Star.[citation needed]

He is married to Georgina Rizk, Miss Universe 1971. They have two children.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". 
  2. ^ "Biography".