Fairuz and the Assyrian Genocide

During the Assyrian Genocide of 1915 Fairuz’s Assyrian grandparents emigrated from Mardin in to Lebanon

Nouhad Wadi Haddad (Assyrian ܢܗܐܕ ܚܕܕ) (Arabic: نهاد حداد‎) born November 21, 1935), famously known as Fairuz, is an Assyrian Lebanese diva, that is widely considered to be the most famous living singer in the Arabic-speaking world and one of the best known of all times. Her songs are constantly heard throughout the region, and still spark Lebanese national pride
She was born in Jabal al Arz (Cedar Mountain),Lebanon to Assyrian father from Mardin, Turkey and a Lebanese Assyrian Maronite mother, she married Assi Rahbani, one of the two brothers who helped shape her singing career. She is also the mother of the Lebanese singer and composer Ziad Rahbani and the Lebanese director and photographer Rima Rahbani
Her name was tagged to the International Festival of Baalbek, where she performed many of her musicals. She became famous after appearing on the “Lebanese Nights” of the festival in many successful years. To express her love to the city, the diva dedicated two songs to Baalbek; the first one has the city’s name, and the second one was called “Draj Baalbak”
Fairuz is sometimes referred to as the Lebanese Ambassador to the Stars, Neighbour to the Moon, and the Poet of the Voice
1932-1950s – The early years

Fairuz (Nouhad Haddad) with her mother Liza al-Boustani, crossing Martyr’s Square in Beirut, 1945.Nouhad Haddad, later known as Fairuz, was born on 21 November 1934 into a Syriac Orthodox Assyrian father Wadi Haddad from Mardin, and a Lebanese Assyrian Maronite mother Lisa Boustani in Jabal al Arz. The family later moved into a house in cobblestone alley, known in Arabic as ‘Zuqaq el Blatt’, in Beirut.. Her father, Wadi’, worked as a typesetter in a nearby print shop while her mother, Lisa, was a homemaker, taking care of her four children, Nouhad, Youssef, Hoda and Amal

28 / 02 / 2018

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