Artists celebrate Valentine's Day

Najwa Karam filming her new music video "Bes law taaraf". [File/Al-Shorfa]

Najwa Karam filming her new music video "Bes law taaraf". [File/Al-Shorfa]

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Valentine's Day celebrations started early this year in Lebanon when Kadhim al-Sahir entertained fans on February 11th at the Forum de Beyrouth in an event titled "I sing because I love you", during which he sang Nizar Qabbani poems in front of an audience of 5,000 people.

Tunisian star Saber al-Rubai, singing alongside Darine Hadchiti, performed at the Grand Hills Broumana where he delighted the audience with his romantic songs. Wael Kfoury's fans had a chance to listen to him at the Phoenicia Hotel as he presented a selection of his romantic songs. During that evening, he shared the stage with Ayman Zbib and Maya Diab.

After that, Wael flew to Dubai where he will perform at a Valentine's Day celebration at the Habtour Grand Hotel on Thursday (February 16th) along with Maya Diab and Shatha Hassoun, who recently won the title of best Arab Gulf and Arab artist for 2011.

Pop star Ramy Ayash chose the Regency Hotel in Tunisia to celebrate Valentine's Day. He surprised his Tunisian fans with the release of his new song called, "Ghmorni Taiish", lyrics by Catherine Mouawad and music arrangement by Dany Helou.

Walid Tawfik presented his fans with a new song on Valentine's Day called, "Inte Gharami". Myriam Fares also debuted a new song called, "Shoo bheb", with lyrics by the poet Siham al-Shasha, music by Mohammed Rahim and arrangement by Hadi Sharara.

Saad Ramadan accepted an invitation from a women's prison in Tripoli and sang in front of 130 female inmates. He expressed happiness for this performance in which he described art as a social and humanitarian message.

Carole Samaha sang along with Hélène Ségara at the annual dinner for the Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union (LPHU) on February 9th at the Pavillon Royal Hall at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Centre (BIEL). The evening was hosted by media personality George Kurdahi, and blind composer Ammar al-Sherei was honoured for his musical accomplishments.

New releases and music videos

Samaha recently filmed her song "Wi Taawadt", music and lyrics by Selim Assaf, music arrangement by Roger Khoury in Paris and directed by French director Thierry Fern. Carole was chosen as best Lebanese actress and best actress in a biographical series for her role in al-Shahroura, according to a survey conducted by the women's magazine Sayidati.

"Bes law taaraf" is the title of the new music video for Najwa Karam that has started to air on television channels. The video is directed by Walid Nassif and is his second collaboration with Najwa after the song "Ma fi nawm". In the new song, Najwa appears as a woman looking out to sea and living a dream far removed from reality.

Rotana recently released a new album by Egyptian singer Shirine Abdul Wahab. It is called "Is'al alaya" and includes 10 songs that were produced in collaboration with several prominent lyricists and composers.

Umaima Khalil recorded the song "Inshoodet al-matar", a poem by the Iraqi poet Badir Shakir al-Sayab with music by the composer Abdullah al-Masri. The song was recorded in Moscow with the State Symphony Capella of Russia with its conductor Valery Polyansky accompanied by Rami Khalifa playing the piano.

The winner of Star Academy 7, Moroccan singer Tahira Hamamish, released her new song "Aiwa bahiboo" during her performance at the Aldurondi restaurant in Kaslik, Lebanon. Egyptian singer Lara Iskandar released her first album "About a Girl" from al-Ajami Square in the Beirut souks district.

Haifa Wehbe presented the crown to Mr. Lebanon 2012 in an event hosted by the MTV channel. During the event, Haifa gave three musical performances along with a host of dancers, including her new song, "Ya majnoon".

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