Fahd Ballan

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Fahd Ballan
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Background information
Native name فهد بلان
Born (1933-03-22)March 22, 1933
Al-Kafr, Mandatory Syria
Origin Suwayda, Syria
Died December 24, 1997(1997-12-24) (aged 64)[1][2]
Al-Kafr, Syria[3]
Genres Syrian folk music, Arabic music
Occupation(s) Singer, Actor[1]
Years active 1957–1997[2]

Fahd Ballan (Arabic: فهد بلان‎) (1933–1997, Al-Kafr)[4] was a popular Syrian Druze singer[5] and actor.[6] Like most of his generation of artists who started their show business careers in the early sixties he was exposed to a world of influences of those decades of music glory. His voice and looks made him a symbol of masculinity and won him many acting roles in his youth.

Fahd Ballan traveled to Egypt and worked with Farid al-Atrash.[7] He married actress Mariam Fakhr Eddine and had an acting career. At least one of his tracks (Ma Aqdarshi Ala Kidah ) is done in Egyptian dialect. Most of his songs are performed in a Hourani dialect typical of Southern Syria and Northern Jordan. One track is done in formal Arabic (Jassa El Tabibo Liya Nabadhi). Fahd Ballan had an amazingly strong and beautiful voice that used to shadow the soundtrack music. Many people think some of his songs including "Larchab Haddak Yal Motor" and "Irkibna 3al Houssan" constitute the basis for the type of Arabic music that was later known as "songs from the mounts" (Arabic: الأغنية الجبلية‎). Most of his popular songs can be found on YouTube.

References

  1. ^ a b Fahd Ballan from Arabic Wikipedia[better source needed]
  2. ^ a b "Singer of manhood - 15 years of absence Fahd Ballan, a unique phenomenon in the Syrian song". Alba'ath media website. 2012-09-01. 
  3. ^ "فهد بلان.. مطرب الرجولة". alwehda (in Arabic). Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "هل الفاء جمعت بين "فريد الأطرش" و"فهد بلان"؟". esyria (in Arabic). 26 December 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Zuhur, Sherifa (2001). Colors of enchantment: theater, dance, music and the visual arts of the Middle East. American University in Cairo Press. p. 296. ISBN 978-977-424-607-4. 
  6. ^ Moubayed, Sami M. (2006). Steel & silk: men and women who shaped Syria 1900-2000. Cune Press. p. 575. ISBN 978-1-885942-40-1. 
  7. ^ Zuhur, S. (2003). "Building a Man on Stage: Masculinity, Romance, and Performance according to Farid al-Atrash". Men and Masculinities. 5 (3): 275. doi:10.1177/1097184X02238527. 

Bibliography

Zuhur, Sherifa (2000) Asmahan's secrets: woman, war and song, University of Texas Press


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