( (native name: Samira Bensaïd
) (born January 10 ) is a Moroccan
Samira Said was born and raised in Rabat
, the capital of Morocco. She began singing at the age of 9 and she was discovered on a music program on Royal Moroccan TV, "Mawaheb," alongside another popular singer, Aziza Jalal
, when she was 17. She was quickly recognized as a young prodigy. She began singing professionally, encouraged by her family and backed up by important people in the Moroccan music scene like Al Rashdi and others.
In a short time, Samira Said became one of the leading names in her home country, recording many popular Arab songs such as "Kifash Tlakina" ("How we Met"), "Fayetli sheftek shi marra" ("I've seen you once") and "Sarkouh" ("They Stole Him"), not to mention "Al Behhara" ("Mariners"). Her best known singles at this time included "Maghlouba" ("Beaten") and "Wa'ady" ("My Love").
Samira represented the Kingdom of Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest
singing 'Bitaqat Khub
', a song that was a messenger of peace in the midst of Arab-Israeli tensions in their heyday. The song placed 18th in a pool of 19 contestants, and so far, has been the only entry by Morocco (or any other Arab country) at Eurovision.
Thriving in the Moroccan music scene, Samira decided to turn her past... Read More