Tributes pour in for Algerian diva

May 20, 2012


Arabs have expressed deep sadness over the death of Warda, the Algerian diva who died on Thursday evening, leaving a legacy of hits that sang love, freedom and patriotism.

Warda Al Jazairiya (Warda, the Algerian) born in France in 1939 to an Algerian father and Lebanese mother died at her home in Cairo, apparently from a heart attack, her family said. She was buried in Algeria and Algerian president Abdul Aziz Bouteflika had sent a private plane to repatriate the body.

“May God rest your soul in peace. You were a legend and you will always be remembered as a giant of Arab art,” Shadha Hassoon, an artist, said.

Hayfa Wahbe, the Lebanese singer, said that the passing away of Warda is a huge loss to the world.

Other artists and a large number of fans used their Twitter accounts and other social media to pay tribute to the singer.

The debut of Ward – Rose, in Arabic- was in Paris before she moved to Egypt, the Arab Hollywood at the time, where she also starred in movies.

Her breakthrough was when she married Baleegh Hamdi, a famous composer, who helped her achieve stardom status alongside Arab icons Om Kalthoum, Mohammad Abdul Wahab abd Abdul Halim Hafedh.







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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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