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Asalah Mostafa Nasri (Arabic: أصالة مصطفى نصرى‎) (also known as: Asala, Assala and Assalah - أصالة) (born on May 15, 1965) is a respected and popular Syrian singer. She is widely known in the Arab world for her great voice range, talent, and mastery of the majority of Arabic dialects.

Asalah was born in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Asalah’s father, was a revered Syrian composer and singer who recognized her singing talent early on and launched her singing career. She was very attached to her father who taught her to love music. Her infatuation with music entertained her through her childhood, she was much more content with the radio than a doll. Asalah began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious, and children’s songs when she was four years old. She sang the theme song, Qessas Al Sho’oub (Arabic: قصص الشعوب), of the cartoon show, Hekayat Alamiyah (Arabic: حكايات عالمية). In 1986, Mostafa Nasri passed away after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. The untimely passing of Asalah’s father caused her great grief and she left singing and took up her duties as the eldest child. At the young age of seventeen, she took care of her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.
Asalah’s commercial musical career debuted in 1991 with Law Ta’rafou (Arabic: لو تعرفو). The album had 4 songs in the oriental operatic tarab style. The album was an instant hit with heartbreaking songs like Ya Sabra Yana and Samehtak Ketir. She quickly cemented her presence in a growing industry brimming with new, young talent like Najwa Karam, Saber Rebai, Angham, and Abdelmajeed Abdullah

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