This part contains information about all the musical plays and the films that The Rahbani Brothers wrote.
Early Baalbeck Festivals/Performances
1957 'Ayam Al-Hassad' (Days Of Harvest)
1959 'Ores Fi Al-Karia' (A Wedding in The Village)
1960 'Mousem Elezz' (Season Of Pride/Wealth)
1961 'AlBaalbakiya' (The Balabakian)
1962 ''Aodit El-Asker' (Return of the Soldiers)
1962 'Jisr El Qamar' (Bridge of the Moon)
1963 'El-Layl Wel Kandil' (The Night and The Lantern)
1964 'Bia'a El-Khawatem' (Rings For Sale)
1966 'Ayyam Fakhreddeen' (The Days Of Fakhreddeen)
1967 'Hala Wel Malek' (Hala and the King)
1968 'Al-Shakis' (The Person)
1969 'Jibal Esawan' (Mountains of Esawan)
1970 'Ya'aish Ya'ish' (Long live the ...)
1971 'Sah Annom' (Wake Up)
1972 'Nas Men Warak' (People made of paper)
1972 'Natorit El-Mafatih' (Keys Keeper)
1973 'Al-Mahatta' (The Station)
1975 'Mais Elreem'
And not with Fairuz|
1965 'Dawalib El-Hawa' (The Pinwheels)
1980 'Al-Moamara Mostamra' (The Conspiracy Continues)
1981 'Alrabi Al-Sabi'a' (The Seventh Fall)
Mansour's Plays (none with Fairuz)
1987 'Sayf 840' (Summer of 840)
1993 'Alwasia' (The Will)
1998 'Akher Ayyam Socrat' (Last Days Of Socrates)
2000 'Wa Qama fi Alyoum Athaleth' (And He Rose On
1964 'Bia'a El-Khawatem' (Rings For Sale)
1967 'Saferbarlek' (The Exile)
1968 'Bint Al-Harass' (The Guard's Daughter)
1963 'Aleswara' (The Bracelet)
(All the plays (till 1977) were directed by Sabri Sharif except Almahatta, Mais Elrim and Petra by Berge Vazilian.)
Baalbeck: Baalbeck International Festivals (Temple of Jupiter, Baalbeck, Lebanon)
Damascus: Damascus Annual International Festival (Damascus, Syria)
Piccadilly: Piccadilly Theater (Beirut, Lebanon)
Reviews of the CDs. These are not to evaluate the albums as they are all just great, even those I haven't yet heard. They're more likely to give you information about the albums, track lists, etc.|
There are also other compilation albums including Fayrouziat 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as another album which contains the music from the musical plays. And let's not start with the bootlegged and pirated albums.
Albums: (Those Available on Compact Discs)
Over 400 song lyrics are available, as well as the dialogue lines of some sketches. Having transcribed most of the lyrics myself, they are not perfectly accurate and corrections are very appreciated. You should go to the album track list and/or the song list and read the information on the corresponding album(s) if you want a list of the titles of the lyrics available in the following pages. Check the corresponding album review for the titles in Latin fonts.
Nasri's Lyrics: A collection of the lyrics of songs of Nasri Shameseddine.|
Misc. Lyrics: Here you will find lyrics of songs that are only available in the plays.
Translated Lyrics: Page 1 | Page 2: Some of the songs roughly translated to English. Translating songs and poetry is very difficult, however this attempt was made to provide you with an idea of what the songs are talking about.
1. Alwasat magazine ran a series of articles on the Rahbani cultural heritage based on interviews with Mansour Rahabni. The series was written by the famous Lebanese poet Henry Zogaib. It was scanned by Alain. It's available as scanned jpg pictures which means it's only available in Arabic. Future plans include a translation, but not now because of the big amount of work needed. For English information on Fairouz and the Rahbani brothers check the tributes section. (But you can also check the following articles for they contain photos)
Part 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Part 2: 1, 2, 3, 4. Part 3: 1, 2, 3, 4. Part 4: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Part 5: 1, 2, 3, 4. Part 6: 1, 2, 3, 4. Part 7: 1, 2, 3, 4. Part 8: 1, 2, 3, 4.
The pictures are big in size. No resizing was made so that the text will remain understandable.
Unfortunately, part 6c of the interview is not available.
(Other interviews will be added when become available.)
Vairous articles and excerpts from books and CD booklets.
1. The Growing Collection of CD Booklet Articles
2. 'Champions for Peace' by Nelda Lateef.
This book's full title is 'Women of Lebanon: Interviews with Champions for Peace'. You can buy it from amazon.com Read the interview with Fairuz: Page 1, pages 2 and 3, pages 4 and 5.
3. 'The Godly Treasure - True History of Ahl Etarab' by George Ibrahim ElKhoury. He wrote this article on Fairouz and it can be found in the book. Again, the text is in Arabic. (Doesn't contain photos)
It was scanned by Alain. Divided into four parts:
1, 2, 3, 4.
(Other articles will be added when become available.)