Fairuz - Fayek Walla Nassi

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Fairuz is the Arab world's most famous and most listened-to singer. For decades, almost all radio stations in the Arab world have been starting their morning broadcast with a Fairuz song, and her songs were continuously listened to during the war, as the people could expect to hear a patriotic melody of peace and love. The Guardian stated that "she sang the story of a Lebanon that never really existed" and "essentially helped build the identity of Lebanon, just 14 years after it became an independent country". Fairuz has always been held a high regard because, to a region divided by many conflicts and opinions, she is a symbol of unity; she was even awarded Legion of Honour at the rank of Commandeur on August 31, 2020 by French president Emmanuel Macron, while he was visiting Beirut after the 2020 explosion. This award is France's highest honor, awarded for merit to those with substantial military or civil achievements. This encounter was also symbolic as it spoke volumes that Macron chose engage with her rather than faction politicians.

In 1997, Billboard stated "even after five decades at the top, [Fairuz] remains the supreme Diva of Lebanon".In 1999, The New York Times described her as "a living icon without equal" and stated that her emergence as a singer paralleled Lebanon's transformation from a backwater to the vibrant financial and cultural heart of the Arab world.

In a 2008 article, BBC described her as "the legendary Lebanese singer and greatest living Arab diva". In an article about world music, The Independent stated, "All young female singers in this region seem to be clones of her" and that "she's such an important artist that you have to get to grips with her".

Fairuz was honored in many countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, the United States, Egypt and France, in which François Mitterrand awarded her the Order of Arts and Letters in 1988 and Jacques Chirac first awarded her the Legion of Honour in 1998.

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from Arabian Masters (The Golden Age), released May 5, 2021

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