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Samira Bensaïd

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Name:Samira Bensaïd
National Finals:
ESC Entries:Bitakat hob (1980)


Samira Said is a Moroccan singer, songwriter, and actress, known for her powerful voice, dynamic stage presence, and contributions to the Arabic music industry. She was born on January 10, 1958, in Rabat, Morocco.

Samira began her music career at a young age, performing in school and local festivals. In 1975, she moved to Egypt to pursue her music career further and quickly rose to fame with her debut album, “Maghribiyate Ainiya” (My Moroccan Eyes) in 1979. The album was a commercial success in Egypt and across the Arab world and established Samira as a rising star in Arabic music.

Since then, Samira has released over 20 albums and collaborated with many prominent musicians, including Egyptian composer and songwriter Mohamed Mounir, Lebanese composer and arranger Elias Rahbani, and Moroccan composer and pianist Said Mouskir. She has also acted in several Egyptian films and television series, showcasing her versatility and talent as an entertainer.

Samira’s music is known for its eclectic mix of styles, blending traditional Arabic music with Western pop, rock, and techno influences. She has experimented with different genres and sounds over the years, continually evolving and pushing the boundaries of Arabic music.

Aside from her music career, Samira is also known for her philanthropic work, particularly in the areas of education and women’s rights. She has established several schools in rural areas of Morocco and has been involved in many initiatives and campaigns to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Samira Said is widely regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers in the Arab world. 


Artist:Samira Bensaïd
Song:Bitakat hob
Lyrics:Malou Rouane
Composer(s):Abdel Ati Amenna
Conductor:Jean Claudric

Michel Costa

Georges Costa

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