I was not sure where to start or what to say about this legend who has enchanted us over many decades with her magical angelic and haunting voice, I hope that I did her some justice in this post and I hope Cofman approves.
A brief history of Fairuz, she was born in Beirut in 1935 to a Maronite Christian family and her real name is Nehad Haddad. Fairuz has been singing since the 1950s and she has received many awards of the highest ranks from many Arab & European countries including Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur Awarded by President Jacque Chirac, France, in 1998.
Fairuz has been called many names, The Neighbour to the Moon and Ambassador to the Stars are but only a couple of her names.
I had the privilege of seeing Fairuz twice, both concerts were here in London, the first concert was in the late 80s, I remember at that time seeing Fairuz posters on the London red buses advertising her one night concert, I tried to get tickets but surprisingly I was told that they were sold out even before they started advertising it, luckily I had a friend who was a member of the Lebanese/British friends club who told me that they had tickets but were only for sale to members, he managed to get me 3 tickets as 2 friends wanted to go with me. The concert was held at the Royal Festival Hall besides the river Thames, we arrived on time but there was a slight delay because Fairuz had to be interviewed for the BBC 6 O'clock News because she actually broke the British recorded for the highest price paid for a ticket in British history, the record holder used to be Frank Sinatra who's tickets were sold at £600 each at the black market, Fairuz's tickets at the black market were selling at £1000 each! To think that I paid £35 only! of course most people attending the concert were very rich Arabs, the concert was beautiful and well organized, Fairuz was as classy as ever.
The second time I saw Fairuz was at Olympia in the late 90s, the venue was very big but someone made a mistake with the organization of the concert, it was the last day of Ramadan, many people did not buy tickets as many still had to fast one more day so the venue surprisingly was half full, the very expensive seating in front of the stage were empty so when they announced that anyone can sit there I was quick as a flash and got a fantastic seat. Fairuz was as elegant as ever as she stood there singing, a one point during one of her songs a group of young men and women got off their seats and started dancing in front of the stage, Fairuz stopped singing straight away and pointed to the music orchestra to stop playing, she just stood there staring at these people until they got the message and returned to their seats only then she started singing again, this is how respectable and classy Fairuz is.
Here is some more songs by Fairuz, get a coffee, relax and enjoy
Fairuz usually sings the farewell song at the end of her concerts, children then would start throwing flowers at her feet so here is the farewell song