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Seta Hagopian (Arabic: سيتا هاكوبيان‎; born July 28, 1950 in Basra, Iraq) is an Iraqi singer of Armenian origin. Her singing career began in 1968 which led to much success for she is known to be the "Warm voice of Iraq"[1] and has been dubbed as Iraq's Fairouz.[2]

Seta Hagopian
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Background information
Born (1950-07-28) July 28, 1950 (age 68)
OriginBasra, Iraq
GenresIraqi music, Iraqi folk music, Arabic music
Years active1968 - 1984


Early careerEdit

Born in Basra, Iraq, to a family of Christian Iraqi Armenians. Her father was a tennis player who represented Iraq in numerous tournaments. Soon after Hagopian's career had begun, she was working with the most prominent composers such as Tariq al-Shibli, Farouk Hilal Khammash, Elias Rahbani and Ahmed Qasim.[3]

Hagopian's style of music was one of the first to renew Iraqi songs through the introduction of Western instruments along with singing contemporary pop music. She has held concerts across the entire Arab world, including Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar as well as across Europe in Uzbekistan, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria and Spain.

Hagopian left Iraq to settle in Qatar in 1997. She currently resides in Toronto- Canada.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to director Emad Bahjat; they both live together in Qatar. Hagopian is mother to two daughters, Nova[4] and Naire. Nova Emad is a singer who currently resides in Canada and is following in her mother's footsteps in renewing the classical Iraqi music by infusing it with new generes, like hip hop/trance and Bossa-Nova. Naire is an editor, director and a photographer.


  1. ^ Iraqi Armenian vocalist singer and songwriter
  2. ^ "Seta Hagopian, the Fairuz of Iraq". Ajam Media Collective. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  3. ^ a b "Seta Hagopian, the Fairuz of Iraq". Ajam Media Collective. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  4. ^ Iraqi Canadian singer-songwriter Nova Emad on her debut album. The National

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