Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Nancy Ajram: A Celebration of Arab Music
(Taken from Wikipedia) Nancy Nabil Ajram (Arabic: نانسي نبيل عجرم) (born May 16, 1983) is a multi-platinum Lebanese pop folk artist. Considered one of the decade's most important superstars of the Middle East & Arab world, Ajram has sold, as of 2007, over 30 million records ranking 3rd best selling female artist in Lebanese history . Ajram has secured a sensational status in the Middle East by releasing seven albums to date, numerous music videos and commercials; Ajram has participated in the most significant Arabic festivals and won a great deal of awards, most importantly the 2008 World Music Award of best-selling Middle Eastern artist. Nancy Ajram is the first and only female sponsor and spokesperson of Coca-Cola in the Middle East & Arab world, youngest Arab WMA winner, and serves as an important icon of this generation's Arabic music.
Ajram was born on May 16, 1983 in Achrafieh a Christian only district of East Beirut, Lebanon to Greek Orthodox parents Nabil Ajram and Rimonda Oun.
In 1995, at the age of twelve, Nancy Ajram took part in the entertainment show, Noujoum Al-Moustakbal, ("Stars of the Future"), a Lebanese television musical competition, winning a gold medal in the Tarab category after singing a song by Umm Kulthum.
Ajram studied music following her early success with renowned Lebanese musicians and although she was less than 18 years old, the syndicate of professional artists in Lebanon accepted her as a member because they found her to be an exceptional talent and deserved to be qualified as a professional artist.