The legendary Lebanese singer Sabah has sadly passed away
Jeanette Gergis al-Feghali – most commonly known as 'Sabah' – first rose to fame in the 1950s starring in prominent Egyptian movies. The legendary singer and actress released over fifty albums and starred in nighty-eight films during her impressive six-decade long career.
Lebanon's National News Agency has reported today that she died at home in Beirut, aged 87.
One of the Arab world's most recognised celebrities, Sabah was the first Arab singer to ever perform at many international venues including the Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Piccadilly Theatre in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
She was born to a Christian family in Bdedoun, Lebanon and released her first song aged thirteen in 1940. Soon after, the talented performer caught the attention of the famous Egyptian film producer Asia Dagher, who immediately booked her to star in three of his films.
El-Qalb Louh Wahid ('The Heart Has Its Reasons'), was the first of these films and instantly made her a star. The rising actress played the role of Sabah, which means 'morning' in Arabic, and has been known by it ever since.
Today many Arab icons have taken to social media to honour the legend after the sad news of her passing was announced.
Lebanese pop star Nancy Ajram wrote on Twitter: "Today, Lebanon lost a legend. Sabah is gone but she remains in our hearts," adding: "Her memory will remain in the minds and hearts of millions."
"Our giants are leaving, our cedars are diminishing. Farewell our shahroura, our beloved, rest in peace," said singer Ragheb Alameh in a Twitter post.
Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt also posted: "She was a great singer of a Lebanon that my generation knew, that will never come back."
RIP Jeanette Gergis al-Feghali November 10 1927 – November 26 2014