Saliba al-Qatrib

Saliba al-Qatrib (1904-1994) was one of the greatest Arab oud players, composers and singers. He was born in Tripoli, north Lebanon, and became particularly famous around the middle of the last century. He belonged to Zakaria Ahmad’s school of music, and although he was not a professional singer and composer in the common sense of the word, he represented a unique and original phenomenon in Lebanese music.
He gained wide fame in Egypt, the Arab countries and Europe, and worked with the pioneers of that period such as Mohammad Abdel Wahab and Farid al-Atrash. He was an excellent singer of Muwashahat, Adwar and Qasa`id, and a foremost oud player.

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