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Toni Qattan (Arabic: طوني قطان‎; born 11 August 1985) is a Jordanian-Palestinian singer, Song-writer and producer. A musical prodigy, at the age of eight he began learning to play guitar in addition to piano. He then studied composing and singing. Qattan also holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Applied Science in Amman.

Toni Qattan
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Toni Qattan 2015
Background information
Native name
أنطون جورج قطان
Birth nameAnton George Qattan
Also known asToni Qattan
Born (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 33)
Jerusalem
OriginPalestine
GenresArab pop
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, song writer and Music Producer
InstrumentsVocal, Piano, Guitar
Years active2005–present
Websitewww.toniqattan.net

Toni Qattan is one of the first Jordanian artists to become popular in the Arab world without subscribing to hobbyists programs[dubious ] and is the first to produce songs of his own. This became a basis for many artists in Jordan who were encouraged to produce songs of their own after being traditionally confined to singing patriotic songs and covers of old songs. [1][2][3][4]

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BeginningsEdit

Toni Qattan was born in a middle-class family, and despite the fact that his father works a civil engineer, but he was interested in music dramatically, and was interested in Toni's singing talent since childhood, where he brings to him professors, specialists in singing and strumming, Toni learned since his childhood playing the Oud and then moved to learning guitar and piano, as well as study Andalusian singing and old classic songs by professionals.

Toni Qattan joined University of Applied Sciences in Amman in 2003, where he wanted to study civil engineering like his father, but that during the first year of his undergraduate studies, he met the poet Omar Sari and arranger Khalid Mustafa, where he cooperated with them in the production of songs of his own, and here began his career professionalism, as he changed his study and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration rather than engineering.[5]

CareerEdit

Toni Qattan started professional singing in 2005 where he presented a number of musical works:

In 2005, he released a single titled (Awedteni Sahar Allayali "I am used to the sleepless nights") of Bilal Alsurri words and music by Toni Qattan, arrangement by Khaled Khawaldeh and it was filmed as a music video with the director Bilal Alsurri in the Luweibdeh - Jordan.

In 2006, he released 2 singles: (Men Dounek "without you") lyrics and composed by Toni Qattan arranger Khalid Mustafa was filmed in the area Ballouneh north of Beirut with director Hani Khashfe. (Eyouni Sehrani "My eyes are awake") of Shady Farah words and music by Greek composer Phebus and arrangement by Roger Abi Akl and was filmed with director Hani Khashfe in the Chouf region in Lebanon.

In 2007, he released a single named (Eb'id O Rouh "Go away and leave me") written and composed by Bilal Alsurri and arranger Wissam Ghazzawi, it was filmed in the old bus garage in Beirut Lebanon.

In 2008, he released his first album produced by radio Fann and Mazzika productions, in the month of April titled (Malakshi Zai "No one is like you") contains 10 tracks in cooperation with the poet Omar Sari and Bilal Alsurri and Abu Zaid Hassan and some of the songs were written by Toni himself, the music was all created by Toni Qattan and arrangement by Khalid Mustafa and Khaled Khawaldeh, "Malakshi Zai" song was filmed as a music video by the director Jad Sawaya in the Batroun - Lebanon. He also Released in October of the same year, a single song entitled "Ahlef Yamin (I swear)", lyrics by the poet Omar Sari, composed and arranged by Toni Qattan.

2009 In June 2009 Toni was chosen to compose and sing a song named "Ahl Alhimmeh" the official song for initiative of Queen Rania, which came on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of King Abdullah II constitutional powers, with the participation of the artist Omar Abdullat.

He released a single in March 2010 titled "Maghroum" written and composed by Toni Qattan and music arrangement by Haytham Kawar, it was filmed as a music video by Lebanese director Marc Karam. He also released a single song in October of the same year titled "Rouhi O Rohek" written, composed and arranged by Wael Cherkaoui.

In 2011, he released a single song titled "Law Maktoub Alaya" written, composed and arranged by Toni Qattan himself, a song talking about his suffering with the disease and express his feelings at the beginning of knowledge of his illness.

He released a single in February 2012 entitled "Afa Ya Ghali," a Gulf dialect song from the words of the poet Omar Sari and composed and arranged by Toni Qattan. He also issued a single in May of the same year titled "Alwaed" written, composed and arranged by Wael Cherkaoui. In July of the same year Toni released another hit single entitled "Gahotko Mashrouba" a Jordanian dialect song lyrics and music and arrangement by Ali Khair.

In February 2013, he released a music video for his famous song "Afa Ya Ghali", which was filmed in Amman by director Rawhi Lotfi. In May of the same year, he released a single song entitled "Einha Alaya" Lyrics by Abdul Rahman Asim and composed by Karim Ashour and arranged by Mansi, which has been recorded in Cairo - Egypt.

Concerts and showsEdit

Toni Qattan participated in many festivals and concerts such as:

  • Ziryab International Festival - Malaysia in 2007 and 2008
  • Amman Summer Festival - Jordan in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Jordan Festival - Jordan in 2008 and 2009
  • Festival of Monte Carlo International Music - 2007
  • Palestine Summer Festival - Ramallah - Palestine in 2007
  • Festival Nablus - Palestine in 2008
  • Sour Festival - Lebanon 2008
  • Oranges Festival - Jericho - Palestine in 2011
  • Festival of the Dead Sea Nights - Jordan in 2011 and 2012
  • Heritage Festival in Birzeit - Palestine in 2012
  • Castle Nights Festival - Jordan in 2012

He also performed a large number of concerts and festivals in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Qatar, Malaysia and other countries.

Personal lifeEdit

Toni Qattan is the eldest son in his family. He has one brother and one sister. Toni Qattan is married to Jordanian media and television presenter Dana Abu Khader. Their wedding ceremony took place on 14 September 2011 in Amman, Jordan. A number of media and diplomatic public figures in Jordan attended the large ceremony.

IllnessEdit

In 2010, Arabic press sources announced that Toni Qattan is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. As per doctors, it was the result of organic autoimmune chronic disease possible to be born with called Primary Sclerosing cholangitis, which do not show symptoms until the final stages. At this point, the damaged liver had to be replaced via a liver transplantation given that there is no other treatment. The same sources said that Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan ensured Qattan's treatment at the King Hussein Medical City in Amman, yet no donor was found. However, on 26 April 2014, Toni Qattan received a liver transplant in Niguarda Hospital in Milan, Italy. He recovered well from the surgery, is in good health now and he went back to his music and career. Toni's wife Dana published a book to tell the story of his illness, the long wait for a donor, and his way to recovery. The book's title is 'على لائحة الانتظار', which can be translated as 'On the waiting list'.

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