) (born Jeanette Feghali
on November 10, 1927) is a Lebanese
singer and actress whose career stretches from 1943 to the present.She has released over 50 albums and has acted in 98 movies, as well as 20 stage plays. She is among the most prolific Arab singers, with a reported 3,500 songs in her repertoire.
Sabah was born as Jeannette Gergi Feghali
in Wadi Chahrour, Lebanon
. In her youth she started acting in school with roles such as "Amira Hend"
In the 1940s she started singing and acting in Egyptian
Still a prominent performer at the age of 82, Sabah continues to perform both in concert and on television, including programs like Lebanon's Star Academy
(the Arabic equivalent of the United Kingdom
's Fame Academy
) where she sang her new single on a stage lined with mannequins
displaying costumes from several of her early films and musicals.
The singer is known to her fans by the diminutive Sabbouha
and is also called Al Shahroura
, or "Song Bird". She is well-known for her ability to sustain a single note for over a minute when performing in the Lebanese 'ataba
style. Lately, she said that her "off" used to last for 50 seconds.
Her only European TV performance was in 1980, when she was a guest on the French TV show Le Grand Echiquier
where she performed "Saidi" and the duet "Aal Naddaa" with French singer Enrico Macias
In the 90s, Sabah and her former husband Fadi Lubnan... Read More