These are not just words from speeches or letters written on pages. These are whispers of genuine love and warmth on a path we tread together, and I’m always eager to assert the permanence of this solid bond that will ensure the distinction of the Lebanese song and our dear country, Lebanon.
Najwa Karam… The Pastoral Sound
Najwa Karam born on 26 February 1966, in Zahle, is the youngest in a deep-rooted Zahlawi family, who would have never accepted the idea of a star daughter, if it had not been to the vigorous interference of friends and relatives.
Najwa’s family and friends, especially those who listened to her authentic voice in school performances, never failed to track each and every Lebanese attribute in her majestic voice, which was an extension of some beautiful voices within her family (grandmother – mother – aunt), as for the potent aspect, she inherited from her uncle.
A Diversion or A Vocation…
In her rural early life, singing was strictly banned by traditions and customs.
After receiving a baccalaureate degree, Najwa took a job as a tutor in a local school, before trying to break the taboos and restrictions by applying to one of the new talents’ programs on Tele Liban.
Her first appearance was in “Layali Loubnan” program (an extension of Studio Al Fan) in 1985, where she won the Golden Medal.
She had an immediate impact on the audience as well the members of the Jury, who longed for such a quality that reminded them of the generation of icons that they thought had vanished.
An Ultimate Stardom
Choosing the path of fame and art was a challenge for Najwa especially with all the misconception, prejudice and rumors that spin around this occupation.
Najwa Karam decided to refine her talent and invest in cultivating her skills.
So back to school, but this time to study music in the National Institute of Music and her tutor was the renowned Lebanese composer Zaki Nassif.
For four years, Professor Foad Awwad taught her to play the lute as well as performing Stanzas.
Shams Al Ghinneye … From Lebanon to the Arab world
Najwa’s early beginning was in 1989 with the launch of her first album “Ya Habayeb.” However, her first step towards stardom came with the second album, and with it came her most important title “Shams Al Ghinniye,” as it was also the title of the album.
Najwa chose a difficult equation and insisted all the way to choose and perform Lebanese songs only over seventeen years of ultimate stardom with an outcome of 16 albums.
All her works are distinguished by variety and novelty in the selection of lyrics and melodies.
A Dedication to The Whole World
Internet and technology have turned the world into a small community, and Najwa had to keep pace with developments and all was clearly demonstrated in the her video clips and on her unique and distinctive webpage which presented her as one of the most prominent Arab stars who deserves the title of a World star, especially after the success achieved in Carthage Festival 2000 and other festivals and the wide and large audience that spread all over the World.
Najwa Karam’s most recent addition to her career is being a member of the jury in Arab’s Got Talent, an amateurs and talents program, broadcasted on MBC4. She is being highly acclaimed by the public, as show all the magazines and newspapers. Her tender nature and fair spirit prevail above all other considerations, and her presence is highly appreciated by both contestants and the public.
Festivals and Awards
Since her early beginnings Najwa Karam has always been the ultimate attraction of awards and certificates of appreciation:
The awards she won are:
Year Awarded by Category
1985 Layali Lubnan Gold Medal First Place
1994 Lebanese Broadcasting The Best Singer
1995 Lebanese Broadcasting The Best Singer
1995 LaRami.com The Most Famous Singer
1996 U.S American Citizenship
1996 U.S Key to the City of Chicago
1996 Jordan Jerash Festival Award
1996 2nd Orbit Festival Award
1996 LaRami.com The Most Famous Singer
1997 Tunis Carthage Festival Award
1998 Oman Masqat Festival Award
1998 Germany Key to the City of Düsseldorf
1998 Canada Arab Communities Festival Award
1998 Libya Alfatih Festival Award
1999 Australia Arab Communities Festival Award
1999 Lebanese Army Honorary Award
2000 Egypt The First Arab Singer Award
2000 Tunisia Carthage Festival Award
2000 Tunisia Alzahra City festival Award
2000 French Press Organization (IFP) Pronounced As “Lebanese Diva”
2001 Qatar “Doha Arab Song” Festival Award
2001 Kuwait Hala February Festival Award
2001 UAE Layali Dubai Festival Award
2001 Lebanon Murex D’or award for The Best Arabic singer
2001 Lebanon Best Singer from Lebanese Radio Stations
2001 Rotana Artist of the year
2001 Rotana Album of the Year: Nedmani
2001 Rotana The highest selling album: Nedmani
2001 Al delta, Almahabi, Almeraj, Jabal Lebanon & Sawt El Musica Awards
2002 Aley Festival Award
2002 Algeria Algeria Festival Award
2002 Lebanon Tyre Festival Award
2003 Rotana Highest selling album: Saharni
2003 Lebanon Tyre Festival Award
2003 Lions Best Singer of the Traditional Lebanese Songs
2003 Lebanon Faraya City Award
2003 Jordan Jarash Festival Award
2003 Sawt El Ghad Australia Song of the Year: Edhak Lil Donya
2003 Australian Government Honorary Award
2004 Kuwait Hala February Award
2004 Tunisia Carthage Festival Award
2004 Lebanon Zahle City Award
2004 MusicanaNet.net Female Artist of the Year
2005 Rotana Arabic Singer of the Year
2005 Sawt El Ghad Australia Song of the Year: Bhebak Walaa
2006 Sawt El Ghad Australia Shu Hal Hala marked #4 in Top 100 songs
2006 Algeria Algeria Festivals Award
2007 Qatar Doha Festival Award
2007 Kuwait Hala February Award
2007 Jordan Jerash Festival Award
2007 Canada The Best Female Singer in the Middle East
2007 Mosaique Fm Best Album of the Year: Hayda Haki
2007 Zahrat Al Khaleej Yearly Survey Most Popular Female Singer #1, Best Female Singer #2
2008 Tunisia Queen Of Carthage
2008 Kuwait Hala February Festival Award
2008 Software Times Award The Best Arabic Singer
2008 Le Music Choice The Best Lebanese Song: Am Bimzah Maak
2008 Al Sarih Magazine The Best Arabic Singer
2008 Zahrat Al Khalig The Best Arabic Singer (receiving 90%)
2008 Stars Magazine – Rotana #1 The Best Album: Am Bimzah Maak
2009 Melody FM Najwa Karam Best female singer
2009 Al Jaras TV “Khallini shufak” Best Album for the year
2009 Hiya TV Najwa karam best female singer of the year, program: Top of the Tops
2009 Najwa Karam Best singer ever who sings LEBANESE SONG according to http://www.bisara7a.com
2009 Mawazin Festival Mawazin Award (over 60,000 spectators)
2009 IRAQ Radio FM Najwa karam best female singer for the year (97%)
2009 El Madina FM Najwa Karam best female singer for the year (31.0%)
2009 Zahrat El khalij Najwa Karam number 1 as Best female Arab singer for the year
2010 Qatar X Song Festival of Doha Award
2011 Jordan Jarash Festival Award
(Biography from: http://www.najwakaram.com/about-us/bibliography/)