Layal Abboud

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Layal Abboud
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Abboud in Tabarja, July 2015
Native name
ليال منير عبود
Pronunciationlayāl ˈabˈboud
Layal Mounir Abboud

(1982-05-15) May 15, 1982 (age 37)
Residence Achrafieh, Beirut (since 2009)
Nationality Lebanese
Other namesLayal Mounir Abboud
Education English literature, translation, musical expression
Alma mater Lebanese University, BAU, AUST
  • Singer
  • sound-lyric poet
  • dancer
  • humanitarian
  • Police officer (Winding up on 2005)
Known for
Home town Kniseh, Tyre
TitleBeauteous of Arab Songstresses
(Arabic: جميلة المطربات العرب) by 2016 Miss Arab World
(m. 1998;div. 2009)
  • Honorary Award by LAF (2010-11-15-16)
Musical career
Years active2007–present
LabelsAya Production (2007–2010)
Layal Production (2010–current)
Lola's World (2017–current)
Associated acts
  • Adnan Ismail
  • Melhem Barakat
  • Hisham El Hajj
  • Sobhi Toufic
  • Amir Yazbek
  • Hussein Al Deek

Layal Mounir Abboud (Arabic : ليال منير عبود, pronounced  [laj'ja:l ʕab'bu:d]( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); born 15 May 1982) is a Lebanese pop singer, folk music entertainer, sound-lyric poet, concert dancer, fit model and Muslim humanitarian. [1] [2] [3]

Folk music Music of the people

Folk music includes traditional folk music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.

Sound poetry is an artistic form bridging literary and musical composition, in which the phonetic aspects of human speech are foregrounded instead of more conventional semantic and syntactic values; "verse without words". By definition, sound poetry is intended primarily for performance.

Lyric poetry literary genre

Lyric poetry is a formal type of poetry which expresses personal emotions or feelings, typically spoken in the first person. The term derives from a form of Ancient Greek literature, the lyric, which was defined by its musical accompaniment, usually on a stringed instrument known as a lyre. The term owes its importance in literary theory to the division developed by Aristotle between three broad categories of poetry: lyrical, dramatic, and epic.


Born to a musical family in the Southern Lebanese Tyrian village of Kniseh, Abboud is a former ISF officer and studied English literature at Lebanese University, translation at Beirut Arab University and musical expression at the American University of Science and Technology. She appeared for the first time in the Studio El-Fan series debuts as a South Lebanese competitor from 2001–02. Abboud's musical career flourished with the release of her first album Fi Shouq (Arabic : في شوق: on longing) published in late 2007. [4] Sings in different Arabic dialects, famous for her presentation of Lebanese folklore music and internal summer concerts and tours. [5] Abboud is a singer member in the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon. [6]

South Governorate Place in Lebanon

South Governorate is one of the governorates of Lebanon. South Lebanon has a population of 500,000 inhabitants and an area of 929.6 km². The capital is Sidon. The lowest elevation is sea-level; the highest is 1,000 meters. The local population is religiously diverse and includes Shia and Sunni Muslims, Orthodox, Maronite, Protestant, and Greek Catholic Christians. Temperatures can drop to 4 °C during winter with a lot of rain and snow on the higher ground. In the humid summer, temperatures can rise to 30 °C in the coastal areas. The governorate has several rivers: the Litani, Zahrani, Naqura, Awali, Qasmiye, and Hasbani. The area is famous for its citrus and banana farms. Its main cities are Sidon, Tyre and Jezzine. And Al-Marwanieh, also called "Mo's day3a", is in the South Governorate

Tyre District District in South Governorate, Lebanon

The Tyre District is a district in the South Governorate of Lebanon.

Kniseh, Tyre Village in South Governorate, Lebanon

Kniseh is a village in the Tyre District, South Governorate of Lebanon, 10 km southeast of Tyre. Kniseh's most prominent family is Souwaydan and it is birthplace of Layal Abboud.


Early life and education

Layal Abboud was born into a large Muslim family on May 15, 1982 in the southern village of Kanisah in Lebanon's Tyre District. Abboud's father and mother, named Mounir and Maryam, had three brothers and six sisters between them. As a child Abboud started singing and dancing and was a fan of Egyptian pop singer Amr Diab. [1] [7] Her father encouraged her and bought her a violin while she was six years old. [8] Starting at age 14 she worked as a private tutor for more than 13 students. [9] [10] [11] Abboud studied English literature at the Lebanese University and translation in Beirut Arab University, graduating with a master's degree. [12] She went on to study music at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of music for two years. [13]

Fan (person) person who is enthusiastically devoted to something or someone

A fan, or fanatic, sometimes also termed aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something or somebody, such as a singer or band, a sport or a sports team, a genre, a politician, a book, a movie or an entertainer. Collectively, the fans of a particular object or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm in a variety of ways, such as by promoting the object of their interest, being members of a fan club, holding or participating in fan conventions, or writing fan mail. They may also engage in creative activities such as creating fanzines, writing fan fiction, making memes or drawing fan art.

Egypt Country spanning North Africa and Southwest Asia

Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Across the Gulf of Aqaba lies Jordan, across the Red Sea lies Saudi Arabia, and across the Mediterranean lie Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, although none share a land border with Egypt.

Amr Diab Egyptian singer

Amr Diab is an Egyptian vocalist and writer. He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist and author in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms. By 1992, he became the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern artist to start making high-tech music videos.

Abboud served as an officer for the Lebanese Police Force, working security for two years in the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport's Inspection Department. [14] [15]

Police officer warranted employee of a police force

A police officer, also known as an officer, policeman, policewoman, cop/copper, garda, police agent, or a police employee is a warranted law employee of a police force. In most countries, "police officer" is a generic term not specifying a particular rank. In some, the use of the rank "officer" is legally reserved for military personnel.

Internal Security Forces National police and security force of Lebanon

The Internal Security Forces Directorate is the national police and security force of Lebanon.

Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport airport in Lebanon

Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, formerly Beirut International Airport, is located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from the city center in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, and is the only operational commercial airport in the country. It is the hub for Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines. It is also the hub for the Lebanese charter carrier Wings of Lebanon, and was the hub for the Lebanese cargo carrier TMA cargo before its collapse.

Musical career

Abboud appeared on TV for the first time on the hit show Studio El-Fan as a competitor for its 2001–02 season. [13] She sang at various Beirut cafés and restaurants, eventually networking with musicians like Richard Najm, Tony Abi Karam, and Salim Salameh. [16] Abboud went on to study music under Richard Najm, and in 2006 became a multi-instrumentalist skilled in the oud, organ and guitar. [13] [17] Her first album, Fi Shouq (Arabic : في شوق: On Longing) was released in late 2007. [4] In an interview with Egyptian media about her penchant to music, Abboud has stated, "Music is my life!" [1]

Multi-instrumentalist musician who plays two or more musical instruments with some degree of proficiency

A multi-instrumentalist is a musician who plays two or more musical instruments at a professional level of proficiency.

Oud pear-shaped stringed instrument

The oud is a short-neck lute-type, pear-shaped stringed instrument with 11 or 13 strings grouped in 5 or 6 courses, commonly used predominantly in Western Asia and North Africa: in Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kurdistan, Yemen, Arabia, Iran, Greece, Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and other ethnic music like Jewish music, North African Chaabi, Classical, and Spanish Andalusian.

Organ (music) musical keyboard instrument

In music, the organ is a keyboard instrument of one or more pipe divisions or other means for producing tones, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands on a keyboard or with the feet using pedals. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument, dating from the time of Ctesibius of Alexandria, who invented the water organ. It was played throughout the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman world, particularly during races and games. During the early medieval period it spread from the Byzantine Empire, where it continued to be used in secular (non-religious) and imperial court music, to Western Europe, where it gradually assumed a prominent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Subsequently it re-emerged as a secular and recital instrument in the Classical music tradition.

Abboud's inspirations include Ammar El Sherei, Baligh Hamdi [1] and Sabah [18] whom Abboud called the "ideal of my art career." [19] In July 2014 Abboud also said that she is "very much drawn to French musicians, possibly because I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic." [1]

Ammar Ali Mohamed Ibrahim Ali Al Sherei or more commonly known as Ammar El Sherei was an Egyptian music icon, performer and composer.

Baligh Hamdi Egyptian musicians

Baligh Hamdi was an Egyptian composer who created hit songs for many prominent Arabic singers, especially during the 1960s and 1970s.

Sabah (singer) Lebanese singer and actress

Sabah was a Lebanese singer and actress. Considered a "Diva of Music" in the Arab world,, she released over 50 albums and acted in 98 movies as well as over 20 Lebanese stage plays. She had a reported more than 3,500 songs in her repertoire. She was among the first Arabic singers to perform at the Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Sydney Opera House. She was considered one of the four Lebanese icons along with Fairuz, Wadih El Safi and Nasri Shamseddine and was nicknamed "Empress of the Lebanese Song".

In addition to being a singer and musician, Abboud is also a poet and composer, though says that she refrains from publishing her poetry or compositions in order to focus on her musical career as advised by her manager Dory Shehade. [20]

Business and fashion

Layal Abboud dressed by Akel Fakih, performing for Eid al-Fitr ceremony, Beirut; July 18, 2015. Layal Abboud - Plaza Palace Ceremony - Beirut - July 2015 - Lebanon 19.jpg
Layal Abboud dressed by Akel Fakih, performing for Eid al-Fitr ceremony, Beirut; July 18, 2015.

In 2014 Abboud called Akel Fakih "the mastermind" behind the way she dresses in her professional, social, and daily life. In 2015 Akel Fakih said he works with Layal Abboud "in a very distinctive and upscale way, going on to say that, "there is a chemistry that brings me together in fashion. She trusts my opinion and tastes, and this is one of the reasons why Layal chose me in her concerts." [21] Abboud has elaborated on her fashion team, saying, "Elie Samaan does my hair and makeup; my stylist is Serene Assaad, and my photographer is Hussein Salman." [22] [23] [1]
On 12 October 2017, She appeared publicly for the first as a fit and fashion model dressed and designed by Akl Fakih, in Design & Brands Event held at the Four Seasons Hotel of Beirut. [24]
Abboud is founder of Amman-based wedding planning company Loulou Secret. [12] She also runs Layal Productions for her music. [13]

Media issues

Sometimes called a seductive artist and femme fatale by Al Akhbar and other critics, [25] [26] [27] Abboud appeared on the program Bala Teshfir on the Al Jadeed network in 2015, stating, "Being bold is not seduction". [28] [29] She believes there is a bias against her and said, "I am a normal artist and contemporary with fashion." [30]

In 2016 counterfeit images were published attributed to Abboud's likeness. She appointed attorney Haitham Tarshishi to file a lawsuit against "all those involved in the forgery of a picture attributed to her through social media sites, accompanied by words beyond the limits of fitness." [31] In August 2016 the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation reported that a suspect had been arrested. [32]

In April 2017 as a guest on the LBCI satirical program La-hon Wa-bas hosted by Hicham Haddad, Abboud condemned an issue of Nadine Magazine for its depiction of her chest and face shape with the words, "Bigger than this chest" emblazoned on its cover, based on her quote while she used Arabic word of ṣadr which can be an invocation for conscience and heart. [33] She accused the magazine of trying to increase readership by dumbing down and oversimplifying its content. [22] [34] Earlier in Jun 26, 2017 strongly criticized yellow-pens of Lebanese music journalists. [20]

Personal life

Moved to Beirut in 2009. [20] Abboud cares about her physical health and elegance. [22] [35] In June 2017 she publicly confirmed that she had undergone rhinoplasty, but that the rest of her features were not the result of plastic surgery, stating, "The secret of my beauty is sport". [36] [37] She is an advocate for a public smoking ban for Lebanon, saying, "Smoking and non-smoking areas must be allocated". [38] Having had an interest in sport and horseback riding since childhood, Abboud has four horses, which she keeps in the village of Tanbourit in Lebanon's Sidon District. Their names are Rim, Loulou, Khaybar (named after Khaibar-1 ) and Layal (named after her given name). [39] [22]

Abboud is a practising Muslim. [40] She fasts and abstains from performing during Ramadan, and holds the pre-dawn and post-sunset meals of Suhur and Iftar with her family. [41] [12] [18] [42] Involved in philanthropic activities [43] and has described herself as an "abnormal generous person." [20]

On Mid-January 2018 her home was burglarized and robbed of Jewelry and Cash, estimated at about 100,000 US $ by her assistant. [44]

Marriage and family

Abboud married at the age of sixteen in 1998 [20] and gave birth to her only son, Jad, in 2004. [45] She eventually divorced her husband, later describing the marriage as "very formal," adding, "My early marriage was the result of a love story. I am a romantic and dreamy woman." In June 2017 she said, "By respect among us, we divorced and I chose my career in art." [22] [10]

In August 2017 Abboud spoke about her relation with a Lebanese diplomat, saying that it had ended because of their divergent career paths. [46] On May 5, 2015 said there is a new love story in her life. [47]

About her relationship with her family, on June 15, 2017 said she was very much related to her father Mounir when lived between her family. But later when she grew up and had a son "who realized her mother's value", presented a song and gifted it to her mother, Maryam, which caused to her parent's return from staying in Saudi Arabia to Lebanon and decided to live close to each other. [48]


Layal performing in Maimes Festival, Nabatieh Governorate in August 8, 2017.

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