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..
Asalah’s 16 years as a professional singer have made her one of the most revered Arab voices. Her voice knows no dialect boundaries, she has sung in Syrian, Egyptian, Khaleeji, Lebanese, and Moroccan Arabic. Nasri’s 2006 album, Hayati, was the second best selling album of Rotana, the largest production company in the Middle East. She won the Murex D’Or for best Female Arab Artist of 2006.
Asalah has two children from her first marriage to Ayman Al Dahabi, whom she divorced in 2005 following his adultery scandal. She is now married to famous Palestinian-Egyptian director Tarek Al Eryan. She was pregnant with Tarek’s child in early 2007 but suffered a miscarriage halfway through the pregnancy.
Asalah owns three houses one mansion in Damascus, another penthouse in Cairo, and a house in The Palm in Dubai. Also, she is thinking of purchasing a fourth house in Bahrain.
Asalah was granted Bahraini citizenship by Bahraini King Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa a few days after she gave a spectacular performance in the operetta Love and Loyalty in celebration of Bahrain’s Independence Day. Asalah holds three nationalities: Syrian, Bahraini, and Egyptian.
Asalah Performs Umm Kulthum.
Erja’ Laha (Return to Her).
O’zorni (Forgive Me).
Ghayar Awi (Great Jealousy).
Al Mushtaka (The Complainer).
Ya Sabra Yana (I Am Waiting) (1993).
Taw’am Al Rouh (My Soul’s Twin) (1994).
Ighdab (Anger) (1994).
Wala Tessadda’ (Don’t Believe It) (1995).
Rahal (He Left) (1996).
Albi Biyertahlak (My Heart is at Ease with You) (1998).
Ya Magnoun (O Madman) (1999).
Moshtaqah (I’m Missing You) (2001).
Ya Akhi Es’al (Ask About Me) (2002).
Yamin Allah/Haqiqat Waqe’i (I Swear/My Reality) (2001).
Ad El Horouf (As much as the number of letters) (2003).
Awgat (Times) (2004).
Aadi (Ordinary) (2005).
Hayati (My Life) (2006).
Sawaha Galbi (My Heart Did It) (2007).
Law Ta’rafou (If You Know) from Law Ta’rafou.**
Ighdab (Get Angry) from Ighdab.
Al Mushtaka (The Complainer) from Al Mushtaka.
Alf Leila We Leila (One Thousand and One Nights) from Al Mushtaka.
Ya Magnoun (O Madman) from Ya Magnoun.
Ma Oultelish (Why Didn’t You Tell Me?) from Ya Magnoun.
Moushta’a (I’m Missing You) from Moushta’a.
E’tef Habibi (Have Mercy My Love) from Moushta’a.
Mab’ash Ana (I Haven’t Lived Up to My Name if I Don’t) from Moushta’a.
Leih El Ghorour (Why the Arrogance?) from Ya Akhi Es’al.
Yamin Allah (I Swear) from Yamin Allah/Waqe’i
Misheit Senin (I Walked for Years) from Ad El Horouf.
Tassawar (Imagine) from Ad El Horouf.
A’taz Bek (I Am Proud of You) from Ad El Horouf.
Gemarhom Kellohom (You Are the Moon Among Them) from Awgat.
Meta Ashoufek (When Will I See You?) from Awgat.
Fein Habibi (Where is My Love?) from Aadi.
Khalik Shiwaya (Stay) from Aadi.**
Asfa (I’m Sorry) from Aadi.
Aktar (More) from Hayati.
Khaliha Ala Allah (Leave It In God’s Hands) .
Jarhi Fel Hawa (My Wound in Love).**
Allah Ya Omri Aleik (You’re Amazing).**
Arod Leih (Why Reply?) from Hayati.
Bein Eideik (In Your Hands) from Hayati.
Alamtni (You Taught Me) from Hayati.**
Hayati (My Life) from Hayati.
Egrab Gerrib (Get Closer) from Sawaha Galbi.**
Sawaha Galbi (My Heart Did It) from Sawaha Galbi.**
La Tekhaf (Don’t Be Afraid) from Sawaha Galbi.**
**Was not shot as a music video.
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