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نانسي عجرم

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Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon

Nancy Ajram (Arabic: نانسي عجرم) (b. May 16, 1983 in Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon) is a popular Arab singer from Lebanon. Her first album was released in 2000; her breakthrough was later on in 2003 including a number of successful music videos from her 2003 album, Ya Salam.

Ajram made her debut at the age of 15 on Noujoum Al-Moustakbal, on Future TV. She sang a song by the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and subsequently won the contest

In 2000, Ajram launched her first album, Mihtagalak (translated ‘I Need You’), followed by Sheel Oyoonak Anni (translated ‘Take Your Eyes Off Of Me’) in 2001.

In 2003, she came out with her third album, Ya Salaam (translated ‘How Fantastic’). This album contained the song Akhasmak Ah (translation: ‘Akhasmak’=Quarrel with you, ‘Ah’=Yes; ‘Yes (I would) Quarrel You’), which became an enormous hit (its success is rumoured to be due to its provocative music video), reminiscent of older Arabic films, in which the singer portrayed a cafe manager whose singing and dancing to entertain her male clientele. Two other singles from the album were shot as music videos. Ya Salam portrayed Ajram as a sad stage performer and was inspired partly by the musical movie Chicago. Yay Saher Ayounoh (translated ‘Oh the Magic of his Eyes’) was set to a mini-drama that features Ajram discovering romance as a demure Beirut hairdresser.

In 2004, the album Ah W Noss (Yes and a Half - to convey emphasis), whose single and title track enjoyed extreme succes. In the video, Ajram portrays an Egyptian farm girl (again drawing on themes from old Egyptian films), avoiding the wooing of a local boy. The video was directed in some farms located in Saida, south of Beirut.

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