By Umer Nangiana
The man responsible for a plethora of hit songs in recent years, Fady Harb from Lebanon is all set to enthral the Doha audience with his live music concert. Accompanied by DJ Mike and maestro Dani, the young Labanese music sensation will bring all his popular songs to an expected packed house at La Cigale Qatar today.
Since his musical debut in 2002, Harb has entertained audiences not just in his hometown Beirut, but outside in different countries of the region as well. His catchy numbers resonate particularly well with the young audience and he is loved for his stage performances.
Interested in music since his teen years, the young Lebanese singer had attracted attention right with the launch of his debut single within three years of his award-winning participation in a TV show.
Since then he has worked with a number of renowned lyricists and music composers from the region to produce hit singles and popular music albums that have been hitting the top of the charts for years.
He has also mastered the classical dance style that he performs in his shows. Harb’s songs of love and life are set to resonate with everyone listening. His alluring voice along with his stage presence and incredible charisma offers an unforgettable experience.
Once in the spotlight, he captures his audience and fully engages with everyone in the room. Fady Harb without variation is a true star.
Harb was born and bred in Beirut with roots in Gharife, Chouf. As a child, Harb had a remarkable passion for music, singing and dance but he didn’t take performing seriously until he was in his teen years.
He studied Law at the Lebanese University graduating in 1997. Later, he enrolled in the National Conservatory of Music, where he took concentrated courses in playing the oud instrument. Eventually, Harb was taken under the wing of Aida Shalhoob — a renowned musical instructor — who helped him continue and shape his path in the musical arts.
Harb’s debut was in 2002 in the popular music competition TV show Studio El Fann where he brought home the silver medal for the category of the Arabic Folklore Song. In 2005, he launched his first single Homma Youmein written by the Egyptian poet Ameer Taeema with tunes inspired by the Greek culture.
The music video for the song was shot under director Tony Kahwaji. Homma Youmein’s catchy tune with a blend of Egyptian and Greek styles gained huge popularity and was a big hit for a long period of time.
After the unwavering success of Homma Youmein, Harb released a re-mix of the popular folklore song Mariam Mariamty arranged by Jean Mary Riyashy.
In 2010, Harb released his first album; a collection of songs with a variety of music, rhythms and a mix of Egyptian and Lebanese lyrics working with top poets and composers in the Arab world.
The album was titled Mish Bass Bhibbik, a song from the album for which he released a successful music video directed by Elie el Semaan. This song was written by Nizzar Francis, composed by Samir Sfeir and mixed by Kareem Abd el Wahhab.
Harb’s hit song is 3a2el Baytouti. This new song was released in August 2013 and quickly rose to the top of the charts. With the new song, Harb had made a smooth transformation to a classic dance style which is already gaining momentum in the region.
The video clip was recently shot and also directed by Elie el Semaan. 3ael Baitouti was written by the poet Fares Eskandar, composed by Salim Salameh, and mixed by Fadi gigi.
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