Wadih El Safi (وديع الصافي ) Known as Sawt Lobnan Al Khaled (The Immortal Lebanese Voice) (born Wadih Francis in Niha, Lebanon) is a songwriter, and actor. He is a Lebanese cultural icon, and is often called the "Voice of Lebanon". Wadih El Safi started his artistic journey at the early age of seventeen when he took part in a singing contest held by the Lebanese Radio and was first among fifty other competitors. He was named then the first singer of Lebanon.
El Safi is a classically trained baritone, having studied at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music. He became nationally known when, at seventeen, he won a vocal competition sponsored by the Lebanese Broadcasting.
El Safi began composing and performing songs that drew upon his rural upbringing and love of traditional melodies, blended with an urban sound, and creating a new style of modernized Lebanese folk music He performed in venues throughout the Middle East.
In 1947, El Safi traveled to Brazil, where he remained until 1950. After his return to Lebanon, El Safi continued to develop folk music and chose poetry and Zajal to inspire patriotism and focus on love, devotion, morals and values.
El Safi toured the world, singing in many languages, including Arabic, French, Portuguese and Italian. He took part in major international festivals and earned many high distinction honors in Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen, Morocco, Syria, Mascat and France. He spent some time acting as well, playing in the1966 Lebanese film "Mawal".
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