Artist

Zaki Nassif

674 Views
Facebook
Twitter

Born in Mashghara, in the southwest Bekaa region of Lebanon on July 4th 1916, Zaki Nassif was the son of Chaker Nassif, an industrial merchant, and Rashideh Ibrahim, a musically-sensitive mother who nurtured Zaki’s musicality in early life with her singing at home. Egyptian Sheikh Salama Hijazi’s singing of classical Arabic and both, Sheikh Mohamed Rifaat’s and Sheikh Mustafa Ismail’s reciting verses from the Holy Qur’an influenced his musical sensibilities that were further developed by his attendance of Syriac and Byzantine (Greek Orthodox) church services. His exposure to traditional dabkeh developed also his conviction that these Lebanese folkdances could be a true expression of collective celebration, of joy, and of solidarity, or “dalouna” . In 1920, during the early days of the French mandate in Syria and Lebanon, his family moved to the Beirut , the new capital of Lebanon. As the youngest of two girls and three boys, his childhood was happy during the years 1922 - 1933, despite the first family bankruptcy in 1925. During that period, he had his initial exposure to regional instruments, including the plucked-string “oud” and the “mijwez” flute. In 1933, a serious foot condition left him with a life-long handicap. It forced him to leave his high school studies at the French Lay Mission (presently the “Lycée Français”) at an early age and joined later on the “School of the Holy Saviour”. Zaki Nassif’s study of music began at the Institute of Music of the American University of Beirut in 1936. His instructors were made up largely of members of the Kouguell family: Arkadie and his wife taught him voice and piano, and Arkadies’ brother Rudolph taught him cello. The noted composer Toufic El Bacha (1924-2005) was also a close friend and colleague of Zaki Nassif during these days of study at AUB. Also, El Bacha’s uncle Khalil Maknieh mentored Zaki during that period. In spite of some interruptions caused by the family business, he remained at AUB until 1941 after which he continued his classical music studies with Bertand Robillard. As were many other students at AUB, he was affected by prevailing social and political ideas. These ideas deeply influenced his patriotic and social beliefs throughout his life, shaping up as well his musical outlook, characterized by a genuine interest in folk music, poetry and dance in addition to an encyclopedic knowledge of Byzantine & Syriac music traditions. A second family financial setback in 1949 had a strong effect on the composer, and following this event, he dedicated himself to the music profession. In doing so, he eventually contributed significantly to what became to be known as the "Lebanese Renaissance." This period was the beginning of a golden age for Lebanese-produced music in general and Lebanese folk-dance-influenced works in particular. Zakier on the “School of the Holy Saviour”. Zaki Nassif’s study of music began at the Institute of Music of the American University of Beirut in 1936. His instructors were made up largely of members of the Kouguell family: Arkadie and his wife taught him voice and piano, and Arkadies’ brother Rudolph taught him cello. The noted composer Toufic El Bacha (1924-2005) was also a close friend and colleague of Zaki Nassif during these days of study at AUB. Also, El Bacha’s uncle Khalil Maknieh mentored Zaki during that period. In spite of some interruptions caused by the family business, he remained at AUB until 1941 after which he continued his classical music studies with Bertand Robillard. As were many other students at AUB, he was affected by prevailing social and political ideas. These ideas deeply influenced his patriotic and social beliefs throughout his life, shaping up as well his musical outlook, characterized by a genuine interest in folk music, poetry and dance in addition to an encyclopedic knowledge of Byzantine & Syriac music traditions. A second family financial setback in 1949 had a strong effect on the composer, and following this event, he dedicated himself to the music profession. In doing so, he eventually contributed significantly to what became to be known as the "Lebanese Renaissance." This period was the beginning of a golden age for Lebanese-produced music in general and Lebanese folk-dance-influenced works in particular. Zaki Nassif, Toufic El Bacha, Philemon Wehbeh (1916-1985), Assi (1923-1986), husband of the famous singer Fairouz, and Mansour Rahbani (1923-2009) were among the leading components of this music. They, except Wehbe, also formed a quintet, with Abdel Ghani Chaaban (1925-1977) named ‘The League of Five’ that was modeled after the Russian circle of composers “The band of Five” (1856-1870) whose objective was to promote musical modernism along side the local musical identity. Their focal points were first Near East Radio (1953-1956) and Radio Liban in Beirut, then the Baalbeck festival in 1957 & 1959, in collaboration with Marwan and Wadiha Jarrar (1930-2011), Sabri Sherif (1922-1999), Badi' Boulos and others. These collaborations also played a significant role in the development of regional dance, in the form of formalized stage choreography for the dabkeh. In 1960, “The Story of Lebanon” performances were given by the Anwar Group, championed by the journalist Said Fraiha (1905-1978) and directed by Nizar Mikati: this time with only Zaki Nassif and Toufic El Bacha participating alongside Wadi’El Safi and Afif Redwan (1929- 1972). The Anwar Group ended their activities in 1964 after presenting another program at Baalbeck Festival entitled “Our Land Forever” preceded by three years of touring in the Arab countries and Europe. Starting from 1965, Zaki Nassif worked solo and achieved two major participations in the 1970 and 1974 Nassif, Toufic El Bacha, Philemon Wehbeh (1916-1985), Assi (1923-1986), husband of the famous singer Fairouz, and Mansour Rahbani (1923-2009) were among the leading components of this music. They, except Wehbe, also formed a quintet, with Abdel Ghani Chaaban (1925-1977) named ‘The League of Five’ that was modeled after the Russian circle of composers “The band of Five” (1856-1870) whose objective was to promote musical modernism along side the local musical identity. Their focal points were first Near East Radio (1953-1956) and Radio Liban in Beirut, then the Baalbeck festival in 1957 & 1959, in collaboration with Marwan and Wadiha Jarrar (1930-2011), Sabri Sherif (1922-1999), Badi' Boulos and others. These collaborations also played a significant role in the development of regional dance, in the form of formalized stage choreography for the dabkeh. In 1960, “The Story of Lebanon” performances were given by the Anwar Group, championed by the journalist Said Fraiha (1905-1978) and directed by Nizar Mikati: this time with only Zaki Nassif and Toufic El Bacha participating alongside Wadi’El Safi and Afif Redwan (1929- 1972). The Anwar Group ended their activities in 1964 after presenting another program at Baalbeck Festival entitled “Our Land Forever” preceded by three years of touring in the Arab countries and Europe. Starting from 1965, Zaki Nassif worked solo and achieved two major participations in the 1970 and 1974 Baalbeck festivals besides composing many songs for choruses, as well as for celebrated singers like Sabah, Wadi El Safi, Nasri Chamseddine (1927-1983), Majdala, Widad, Suad Hachem, Najah Salam, Samira Toufic and Joseph Azar. After the Lebanese War started, Nassif composed his masterpiece performed by Fairuz “Ya Banni Oummi” (1981) based on Gibran Khalil Gibran’s texts and continued his contribution to music in Lebanon with his more than a decade long collaboration with Caracalla Dance Troop and writer Antoine Ghandour for theatre and TV. He also worked with a new generation of singers like Majida El Roumi, Ghassan Saliba, Ali Hleihel and others. One of his most important and influential songs of the late 1980s was “Raje'h Yit'Ammar Loubnan”, for which he wrote both words and music. In Lebanon, it became an extremely popular song, rivaling even the national anthem. This afforded him nation-wide recognition and generous and significant royalties from the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation that supported him for the remaining years of his life. His last masterpiece, lyrics and music, is "Mahma Yitajrah Bladna", that expresses passion and sincerity for the plea of his homeland, after the first Qana massacre in 1996. Zaki Nassif died on March 11, 2004, leaving a rich and vibrant musical heritage consisting of about 1,100 of songs and pieces of music belonging to various genres and styles. He may be considered the founder of a new Lebanese Arabic schooBaalbeck festivals besides composing many songs for choruses, as well as for celebrated singers like Sabah, Wadi El Safi, Nasri Chamseddine (1927-1983), Majdala, Widad, Suad Hachem, Najah Salam, Samira Toufic and Joseph Azar. After the Lebanese War started, Nassif composed his masterpiece performed by Fairuz “Ya Banni Oummi” (1981) based on Gibran Khalil Gibran’s texts and continued his contribution to music in Lebanon with his more than a decade long collaboration with Caracalla Dance Troop and writer Antoine Ghandour for theatre and TV. He also worked with a new generation of singers like Majida El Roumi, Ghassan Saliba, Ali Hleihel and others. One of his most important and influential songs of the late 1980s was “Raje'h Yit'Ammar Loubnan”, for which he wrote both words and music. In Lebanon, it became an extremely popular song, rivaling even the national anthem. This afforded him nation-wide recognition and generous and significant royalties from the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation that supported him for the remaining years of his life. His last masterpiece, lyrics and music, is "Mahma Yitajrah Bladna", that expresses passion and sincerity for the plea of his homeland, after the first Qana massacre in 1996. Zaki Nassif died on March 11, 2004, leaving a rich and vibrant musical heritage consisting of about 1,100 of songs and pieces of music belonging to various genres and styles. He may be considered the founder of a new Lebanese Arabic school of compositions, unique in a genre that combines words, music, orchestration and dance.

l of compositions, unique in a genre that combines words, music, orchestration and dance.

More events
Circus Wizard of OZ
30 Dec 2018 | 07:00 PM
Know More
CANDY FEST WORLD TOUR - LIVE ON STAGE!
27 Dec 2018 | 06:30 PM
Know More
Vamos Cuba Show
30 Nov 2018 | 08:30 PM
Know More
Advertisement
Points of sale
Head There!
Beirut Arrow Arrow
Virgin Megastores City Mall
Tel +961 1 887190 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores ABC Achrafieh
Tel +961 1 217810 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores - Beirut Souks
Tel +961 1 991565 - 01 999 666 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores - City Center
Tel +961 1 285394 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores - ABC Verdun
Tel +961 1 795126 | Pin Get directions
Kesserwan Arrow Arrow
Casino du Liban
Tel +961 9 859 888 / 999 | Pin Get directions
Bookstop - TBO
Tel +961 9 930628 | Pin Get directions
Baakline Arrow Arrow
Hussam Bookshop - TBO
Tel +961 5 30 30 30 | Pin Get directions
North Metn Arrow Arrow
Virgin Megastores ABC Dbayeh
Tel +961 4 524359 | Pin Get directions
North Arrow Arrow
Ticketing Box-Office (Dar El-Chimal)
Tel +961 6.411311 | Pin Get directions
AS Company - TBO | Zgharta
Tel +961 6 66 13 90 | Pin Get directions
Daleel Akkar - TBO
Tel +961 6 695 618 | Pin Get directions
South Arrow Arrow
Al Ittihad Book Shop - TBO
Tel +961 7 720251 | Pin Get directions
Daher Travel
Tel 961 7 768267 | Pin Get directions
Mount Lebanon Arrow Arrow
AS Company - TBO | Amchit
Tel +961 79 123923 | Pin Get directions
Bekaa Arrow Arrow
Chtaura Park Hotel
Tel +961 8 540011 | Pin Get directions
2018
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Previous October Next
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Tuesday
October 09,2018
FRENCH VIBES - IAM
08:00 PM | MusicHall
KNOW MORE
Thursday
October 11,2018
Zade Dirani
08:30 PM | Palais des Congres
KNOW MORE
Friday
October 12,2018
Majnoun Leila-The Musical
08:30 PM | Casino du Liban
KNOW MORE
Saturday
October 13,2018
Majnoun Leila-The Musical
08:30 PM | Casino du Liban
KNOW MORE
Wooffest-the largest festival for dogs in Beirut
11:00 AM | Beirut Waterfront
KNOW MORE
Sunday
October 14,2018
Wooffest-the largest festival for dogs in Beirut
11:00 AM | Beirut Waterfront
KNOW MORE
Majnoun Leila-The Musical
04:30 PM | Casino du Liban
KNOW MORE
Majnoun Leila-The Musical
08:30 PM | Casino du Liban
KNOW MORE
Wednesday
October 17,2018
FEU CHATTERTON
08:00 PM | MusicHall
BUY TICKETS
Thursday
October 18,2018
OLD EXPRESSIONS OF SCOTLAND- MASTERCLASS
05:00 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ULTIMATE- MASTERCLASS
06:15 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ULTIMATE- MASTERCLASS
08:45 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
OLD COLLECTORS- MASTERCLASS
07:30 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ONE DAY REGULAR ACCESS
04:00 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
Friday
October 19,2018
SPECIAL 8 YEARS OLD- MASTERCLASS
04:15 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ULTIMATE- MASTERCLASS
05:30 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
OLD COLLECTORS- MASTERCLASS
08:00 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
THE GREAT PEATED- MASTERCLASS
06:45 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ULTIMATE- MASTERCLASS
09:00 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ONE DAY REGULAR ACCESS
04:00 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
Saturday
October 20,2018
SPECIAL 10YEARS OLD- MASTERCLASS
05:00 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
THE SPEYSIDE EXPRESSION- MASTERCLASS
07:30 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ULTIMATE CAMPBELTOWN- MASTERCLASS
06:15 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ULTIMATE- MASTERCLASS
08:45 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
ONE DAY REGULAR ACCESS
04:00 PM | SeaSide Pavilion
BUY TICKETS
Saturday
October 27,2018
Scorpions
08:00 PM | SeaSide Arena Beirut
BUY TICKETS
No Events!
Media Gallery
Previous Previous
Next Next
Candy Fest
Thursday Dec 27,2018
View this event
Michel Fugain - Une Belle Histoire
Saturday Dec 15,2018
View this event
Scorpions 27 Oct.18 (Sat)
Saturday Oct 27,2018
View this event
STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE. DIRECT TO YOUR NEWSFEED BE THE FIRST TO GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES