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As Suwaydā’, Syrian Arab Republic (1917 – 1974)

فريد الأطرش {Farid El Atrache} (1915-1974) was a Syrian-born Egyptian composer, singer, actor, and oud virtuoso.

Farid was born in Syria to a Druze princely family who fought the French Colonial armies. In the mid 1920s he moved with his family to Egypt escaping the French occupation, later on they were naturalized by the Egyptian government. Farid’s mother sang and played the oud, which spurred his musical interest at an early age.

As a child and young adult, Farid… read more

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