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سميرة سعيد

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Samira Said (Arabic: سميرة سعيد‎), born January 10 1960, is an Egyptian-Moroccan singer. Samira Bensaïd was born and raised in Rabat. 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 failure into a constructive experience. Already an authority in the Moroccan music scene and with good personal savings, Samira Bensaid traveled to Egypt, the epicentre of art and Arab songs in the pre-oil era. There, she started another chapter of her singing and artistic career.

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