Remembering Sabah

Pride of the Arabs
By Helena Saadeh
November 27, 2019

On the twenty-sixth of November, we honor and remember the Lebanese legend Sabah, who passed away on this date in 2014, at eighty years. The famous Lebanese singer and actor led a legendary and full life, both artistically and personally.

Jeannette Girgis Feghali, Sabah’s real name, was born on November 10, 1927, in a modest family in Wadi Shahrour, a Lebanese village in the Baabda district of Mount Lebanon. At a young age, she managed to draw the attention of the Lebanese cinema producer Assia Dagher, who was working in Cairo. With 4000 songs and 90 films, Sabah is considered one of the most important symbols of Arab art and a giant of the giants of Lebanon. She is also the second Arab artist after Um Kalthum in the late sixties to sing at the Olympia Theater in Paris with Romeo Lahoud in the mid-1970s, and the first to stand on other international theaters such as Arnaghri in New York and the Opera House in Sydney, the Palace of Arts in Belgium and Albert Hall Hall in London, as well as in Las Vegas and other theaters.


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