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Moroccan chanteuse Rajaa Qasabni, known simply as Rajaa, was the winner of the first season of Rotana’s Arab X Factor import.She was the first Moroccan to win a pan-Arab talent show. Rajaa’s first single Istaghrabt (Hal El Dounya), released a few months after her victory, was a huge hit and made her known to even those who had not watched X Factor.

Rajaa’s first album, Hal El Dounya was released in 2007 amidst much fanfare, and she was touted as Rotana’s first homegrown star. All of the album’s songs were arranged by Egyptian arranger Adel Aayesh, and were recorded in Turkey and Egypt. Hal El Dounya was extremely successful for a debut, and she succeeded in the Egyptian market in a way that surpassed her label’s expectations. She even received a celebratory phone call from Laila Ghofran, a fellow Moroccan signed with Rotana. Rajaa, who was relatively well-known before in her home country before X Factor, was criticized by the Moroccan press for singing only in the Egyptian and Moroccan dialects on her album.

In 2008, Rajaa released a video for Mish Helou Ashanou, and then followed it up in the summer with her first Moroccan single, Habib El Qalb. Rajaa currently resides in Lebanon.

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