Thursday, March 25, 2010

Haifa & Fairuz

Yep, you read that right. I can't believe both Fairuz and Haifa belong in the same sentence but that's just me. I'm a music snob when it comes to classical Arabic music.

But check this out.
Don't know how old this Haifa Wehbe song is but I personally just stumbled on it.

Ya hawa Beirut is one of my absolute favorite Fairuz songs and whenever I'm feeling like I should be in a bar in Gemayze somewhere, I just listen to it. Well, guess what I found today?

Haifa sings Fairuz.

Fairuz first:

Haifa's version:

I prefer Fairuz, but that's just me.

Another favorite mixing of old and new is this graffitti frequently found on Beirut walls.
I just find it hillarious.

That would be Um Kulthum, famous Egyptian singer, shouting Bouss el Wawa, one of Haifa's most popular songs.

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  1. I love Um Kulthum and Abdul Wahab and Abdel Halim and Warda and the list goes on for those great singers... but Fairuz, I find her utterly boring. Like I could fall asleep listening to her. Sometimes it feels like she's whining... I only like her in a very limited number of songs and that's because the songs are impeccably composed.

    I don't know. I prefer Haifa on this one. But that's just me :)

  2. Yes! Am i weird, sick or what? because in this song I prefer Haifa version :S
    Ok who Am I to judge but i felt as if Fairouz 3am betnachezz in this particular song..
    Sorry for everyone who will feel offended by this comment :S