Assala Nasri

Assala Mostafa Hatem Nasri (Arabic: أصالة مصطفى حاتم نصري‎; born 15 May 1969), commonly known as Assala Nasri (Arabic: أصالة نصري‎) and by the mononym Assala (Arabic: أصالة‎), is a Syrian musical artist.

Assala Nasri
Assala in 2006
Assala in 2006
Background information
Birth nameAssala Mostafa Hatem Nasri
أصالة مصطفى حاتم نصري
Also known asAssala
Born (1969-05-15) 15 May 1969 (age 51)
OriginDamascus, Syria
GenresArabic pop music, Arabic Tarab, Khaliji, Arabic music, Arabesque music, Music of Egypt, Middle Eastern music, Syrian
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsRotana, Farasan, EMI, Icetratt Rights Management GmbH
Associated actsSherine, Mohammed Abdu, Tamer Ali

Early life and careerEdit

Assala was born in Damascus, Syria[1] to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer. Assala began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious, and children's songs when she was four years old. She sang the theme song "Qessas Al Sho'oub" (قصص الشعوب), of the cartoon show, Hekayat Alamiyah (حكايات عالمية). In 1984, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. Aged 15 she helped to take care of her siblings Aman, Ayham, Reem and Anas with her mother Aziza Al-Babelli.

Assala's commercial musical career debuted in 1991 with the Egyptian song hit Law Ta'rafou (Egyptian Arabic: لو تعرفو). The album had 4 Egyptian songs in the oriental operatic Classic Egyptian tarab style. The album was an instant hit in Egypt back at that time with heartbreaking songs like "Ya Sabra Yana" and "Samehtak Ketir". She quickly cemented her presence in the Arabic world a growing industry brimming with singers like Angham, Najwa Karam and Latifa.

Ever since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, in 2011, Assala Nasri claimed her support for the Syrian people and her commitment against Bashar al Assad. Her positions towards the Civil War are humanitarian, in which she wants the conflict to end for the sake of the Syrian civilians.[2] She had her first composing experience in the writing of one song, released in 2011. For her commitment in the conflict, Assala sang at the International Peace day as a new ambassador for "Peace Building Through Music." However, Assala was criticized for her position, due to the fact that Hafez Al-Assad authorized her treatment from polio.[3]

She was arrested on Monday, June 26, 2017 in Beirut International Airport at the behest of Lebanese officials who support Bashar al-Assad for the crime of fraternizing with Israel. She had recently performed in Palestine.[4] She was placed under house arrest, then quickly released, for lack of evidence, but some pro-Syrian outlets never corrected their claims that she was arrested for carrying drugs.[5]

In 2019, Assala performed "Right Where I'm Supposed to Be" as the Official Song of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in collaboration with Ryan Tedder, Avril Lavigne, Luis Fonsi, Hussain Al Jassmi and Tamer Hosny.[6]

TelevisionEdit

Assala hosts a television program which is called Soula (Arabic: صولا‎), on Al Hayat TV and Dubai TV.[7] The show presents guest musicians as though they were visiting Assala in her home in Cairo, Egypt.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Assala's first marriage was to Ayman Al Dahabi. Her first daughter, Sham, was born in 1992 when she was 22 years old, and her first son, Khaled, in 1998. She divorced in 2005 after more than 15 years of marriage. After the divorce, she received the custody of her two children.

Her second marriage was to a Palestinian-American director, Tarek Alarian, on 26 March 2006. She was pregnant with Alarian's child in early 2007, but suffered a miscarriage halfway through the pregnancy. In May 2011, she gave birth to twin boys, Adam and Aly, via IVF.

In an Instagram post dated January 6, 2020, Assala announced her divorce from her husband Tarek Alarian.[9] Assala currently lives in Cairo with her four children.

Assala is a Sunni Muslim. She was granted Bahraini citizenship by Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa a few days after she gave a performance in the operetta Love and Loyalty in celebration of Bahrain's Independence Day.[10] Assala holds two citizenships: Syrian (primary nationality) and Bahraini (second nationality).

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Ya Sabra Yana (Patient Me) (1992)
  • Assala Performs Umm Kulthum (1992)
  • O'zorni (Forgive Me) (1991)
  • Ghayar Awi (He's So Jealous) (1993)
  • Taw'am Al Rouh (My Soul's Twin) (1994)
  • Ighdab (Be Angry) (1994)
  • Wala Tessadda' (Don't Believe It) (1995)
  • Rahal (He Left) (1996)
  • Erja' Laha (Return to Her) (1996)
  • Al Mushtaka (The Complaint) (1997)
  • Alby Bayrtahlak (My Heart Is Comfortable For You) (1998)
  • Ya Magnon (O Madman) (1999)
  • Moshtaah (I'm Missing You) (2001)
  • Yakhy Esaal (Ask About Me) (2002)
  • Yamin Allah/Haqiqat Waqe'i (I Swear/My Reality) (2001)
  • Ad El Horouf (As Much as the Number of Letters) (2003)
  • Awgat (Sometimes) (2004)
  • Ady (Ordinary) (27.6.2005)
  • Hayati (My Life) (25.7.2006)
  • Sawaha Qalbi (My Heart Has Done It) (28.6.2007), debuted at number 1, stayed for 4 weeks at number 1 beating Amr Diab's new album on Rotana's PEPSI Top 5 Albums
  • Nos Hala (Half State) (27.9.2008), debuted at #1 of Rotana's Top 5 albums in both Egypt and Lebanon, stayed in the charts the following week. In its third week it returned to number 1 at Egypt Top 5 albums charts. In the following weeks it peaked at number 2 on the Khaleeji, making it the first album to be in the top 2 of both charts.
  • Qanon Kaifak (Law of Your Fancy) (24.6.2010)
  • Shakhseya Aneeda (A Stubborn Personality) (19.8.2012)
  • 60 De'ee'a Hayah (60 Minutes of Life) (30.3.2015)
  • Alleg El Deneia (I Hang the World) (10.10.2016)
  • Mohatamma Bel Tafasil (Interested in the Details) (23.8.2017)[11][12]
  • Fi Orbak (Near You) (27.8.2019)
  • La Testaslem (Don't Give Up) (16.9.2020)

SinglesEdit

  • "Law Ta'rafou" (If You Know) from Law Ta'rafou
  • "Ighdab" (Get Angry) from Ighdab
  • "Al Mushtaka" (The Complainer) from Al Mushtaka
  • "Alf Leila We Leila" (One Thousand and One Nights) from Al Mushtaka
  • "Ya Magnoun" (O Madman) from Ya Magnoun
  • "Ma Oultelish" (Why Didn't You Tell Me?) from Ya Magnoun
  • "Moushta'a" (I'm Missing You) from Moushta'a
  • "E'tef Habibi" (Have Mercy My Love) from Moushta'a
  • "Mab'ash Ana" (I Haven't Lived Up to My Name if I Don't) from Moushta'a
  • "Leih El Ghorour" (Why the Arrogance?) from Ya Akhi Es'al
  • "Yamin Allah" (I Swear) from Yamin Allah/Waqe'i
  • "Misheit Senin" (I Walked for Years) from Ad El Horouf
  • "Tassawar" (Imagine) from Ad El Horouf
  • "A'taz Bek" (I Am Proud of You) from Ad El Horouf
  • "Gemarhom Kellohom" (You Are the Moon Among Them) from Awgat
  • "Meta Ashoufek" (When Will I See You?) from Awgat
  • "Fein Habibi" (Where is My Love?) from Aadi
  • "Khalik Shiwaya" (Stay) from Aadi
  • "Asfa" (I'm Sorry) from Aadi
  • "Aktar" (More) from Hayati
  • "Khaliha 'Ala Allah" (Leave It In God's Hands) [Ramadan Single]
  • "Jarhi Fel Hawa" (My Injury in Love)
  • "Allah Ya Omri Aleik" (You're Amazing)
  • "Arod Leih" (Why Reply?) from Hayati
  • "Bein Eideik" (In Your Hands) from Hayati
  • "Alamtni" (You Taught Me) from Hayati
  • "Hayati" (My Life) from Hayati
  • "Egrab Gerrib" (Get Closer) from Sawaha Galbi
  • "Sawaha Galbi" (My Heart Did It) from Sawaha Galbi
  • "La Tekhaf" (Don't Be Afraid) from Sawaha Galbi (shot as a music video in 2009)
  • "Wala Dary" (Doesn't Care), debuted on at #12 on Rotana's PEPSI Top 20 Charts; reached #2 the following week and maintained its spot for the following at #2
  • "Sum wa 'Asal" (Poison and Honey) 2010 Single
  • "Ah law hal korsy Bye7ki" (If This Chair Would Talk) 2011 - this song is dedicated for the Syrian revolution against Bashar al-Assad. Assala composed this song, it's her first experience in composing.
  • "Right Where I'm Supposed to Be" (Ryan Tedder with Avril Lavigne, Luis Fonsi, Hussain Al Jassmi, Assala Nasri and Tamer Hosny) - this was the official song of the Special Olympic World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
  • "Shakhseya Anida" (A Stubborn Personality) 2012
  • "Bent Akaber" 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Assala Nasri - Syria". Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ "شاهد.. أصالة تكشف دورها في الثورة السورية". alwafd.news (in Arabic). 27 January 2016.
  3. ^ "رغدة تذكر أصالة بعلاج حافظ الأسد لقدمها من الشلل". alwatanvoice.com (in Arabic). 10 December 2011.
  4. ^ Elie Chalala, "Asala a Thorn in Assad's Side, her arrest a black eye for the Lebanese government." Al Jadid2014. https://www.aljadid.com/content/asala-thorn-assads-side-her-arrest-black-eye-lebanese-government
  5. ^ "Assala Makes First Statement After Arrest for Carrying Cocaine in Beirut". Morocco World News. 30 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Right Where I'm Supposed to Be - Single by Ryan Tedder". Apple.
  7. ^ "Soula TV Show". Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  8. ^ "About Soula". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Assala Nasri Officially Announces Split from Tarek Al Eryan". see.news. 6 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-03-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "الخليج يسبق مصر في طرح ألبوم أصالة "مهتمة بالتفاصيل"". Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  12. ^ "طرح ألبوم أصالة الجديد 'مهتمة بالتفاصيل' (صورة)". بوابة الفجر. Retrieved 2018-06-18.

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