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George Wassouf


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George Wassouf (Arabic: جورج وسوف) is a notable Syrian singer. He was born on December 23, 1961, moved to Beirut at a young age, and was called the miraculous child at that time, for his artistic talent in singing.

George Wassouf started singing very young at the age of 10 years old in his hometown Kafroun that consequent to Mashta Al Helou in Tartous, Syria on different occasions such as marriages, parties, hotels, etc. Shortly thereafter he moved to Lebanon where he started singing and his popularity grew. It was at the age of 16 years old when he became known as “Sultan El-Tarab” as called by the famous international Actor Omar Sharif, Arabic for “The Sultan of Singing”, with his classic song “el-Hawa Sultan”.

People at that time thought of him as being the only one who could provide tarab with his magical and crystal voice that was very sharp and high-pitched when he was young and matured into the deep, commanding voice that he is now known for. A few of his first songs include “Hawa Sultan”, “Rohi ya Nesmah”, “Helif el-Amar”, “Law Naweit” are the ones that really brought him up to fame.

The family name “Wassouf” is first of all the name of a statue God that was worshipped in the middle ages (around 1500 b.c.). Wassouf’s magical voice was discovered by his first manager and producer “George Al-Khouri”. This happened when Wassouf was 12 years old - he was singing at a wedding party. George Wassouf also got married very young at the age of 21 to Shalimar, who is originally from Sierra Leone.


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