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Asmahan (Arabic: أسمهان; birth name: Amal al-Atrash) (1917-1944) was a famous Syrian singer and actor who lived in Egypt and sang most of her songs in Egyptian Arabic. She was the sister of Farid al-Atrash, a famous singer in his own right, and a member of the famous Atrash family known for its role in the resistance against the French mandate in the 1920s.

Early Career

Asmahan started her career in Syria and Lebanon, then traveled to Cairo, Egypt, where she worked with many famous composers such as Riyadh el-Sonbati and Muhammad Al-Qassabji. Her films include intisar echabab and garam wentikam.

She was killed at the age of 26 when the car she was riding in crashed into the River Nile. Many rumors and much controversy, comparable to that of Lady Diana, have surrounded her death. One of the most widely-accepted theories claims that she was murdered because of her role as a British spy.


Asmahan’s father is Fahd al-Atrash, a member of the famous Druze family of al-Atrash. He became an alcoholic and didn’t give much time to his children.
Her mother ‘Aleya Menzer is a Lebanese Druze. She was a singer and an oud player. She was known to be the source of inspiration for her children.
Her brother Farid was a musician, singer and a virtuoso oud player; he composed many of her songs.


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  • MohamadSobhy

    صباحات كثيرة يتعهّدها صوتها بالجمال

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • wisebufo

    ليالي الأنس

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • pradabidet

    Can't stop listening to her. I also just picked up a book about her called Asmahan's Secrets by Sherifa Zuhur, which is excellent. Why she isn't as well known as Oum Kalthoum is beyond me.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • JudeAl

    everything about her is beautiful! what a classic and original musician.

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Mazooy

    the most ethereal angelic voice you can hear.... [2]

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
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    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Tabbouche

    It's never too late, yelow, her voice is timeless.

    2 Oct 2009 Reply
  • BlueSlumber

    the most ethereal angelic voice you can hear....

    24 Dec 2008 Reply
  • bogurtlen

    my immortal love asmahan : )

    25 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Hot-Magenta

    prettiest voice ever. rest in peace Asmahan

    19 Jun 2007 Reply

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