FILE - Prominent singer Samira Said
CAIRO – 5 March 2018: Veteran Moroccan singer Samira Said is currently preparing many surprises for her fans in the upcoming album, the most important of which is that she will rap for the first time.
The rap song is expected to be a duo with famed Congolese rapper Maitre Gims.
Said released her latest album "Superman" in 2018. Said cooperated in this album with a number of prominent poets and composers such as composer Belal Serour, poet Shady Nour, and distrbutor Hany Yachoub, among others.
Said was born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1958; she started singing when she was only 9 years old.
She was discovered when she participated in “Mawaheb”, the famous Moroccan talent show, broadcasted at the time on the Royal Moroccan TV network.
Although she recorded some songs in Moroccan, such as "Kifash Tlakina" (How We Met), "Fayetli Sheftek Shi Marra" (I've Seen You Once), "Sarkouh" (They Stole Him), and "Al-Behhara" (The Sailors), most of her songs are in the Egyptian dialect such as "Mahaslesh Haga" (Nothing Happened), "Ayza Aeesh" (I Want to Live) and "Hawa Hawa" (Air Air), among others.
Said’s songs tackle various topics that discuss women's issues.
She has a wide fan-base from different ages and from all over the MENA region. Said’s musical repertoire includes about 46 music albums, and more than 500 songs.
She received praise from late great Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez, and composer Baligh Hamdi. She's been living in Egypt for years.
Said has collaborated with many international artists; she successfully reintroduced and evolved the Arab music scene in the early 2000s when she collaborated with Cheb Mami in “Youm Wara Youm” (Day After Day) which was considered a new wave in music back then.
Said was the first singer from the MENA region to be chosen by the international Eurovision Song Contest to perform her song “Bitaqat Hub” (Love Card).
Said won many international awards, including the World Music Award, and the BBC Music Award.