At first this song was meant to go to Elissa. The man behind the song, musician Marwan Khoury give her the song, and they recorded it and it was a done deal. then Rotana (the producer) was less than gracious to Marwan’s talent. And he went public and told the world he would not give away his rights and sell her soul. So he asked them to remove the song from the Elissa album.
The Elissa album came out and it did not have the song–this is the first time in the past five years where an Elissa album lacks the Marwan Khoury treatment. Couple of weeks after the release of yet another successful Elissa album, the song with Elissa’s voice leaked and we got to hear it. It was a Tarab song meant for the heavy duty music listener. Too bad it was not in the album. Rotana forever lost a good song and a wonderful wholesome artist.
Since he still holds the rights to the song, Mr. Khoury gave the song to an unlikely songstress. Reem Nasri won him over and released the song with her voice. Now Reem is the little sister of Syrian diva Assala Nasri. the two sisters do not see eye to eye on political Syria. Reem and Assala has their public spats and feuds for few years. Reem has also began singing for some time. She mostly stuck to national song about Syria, its people and its leadership.
Reem has a decent voice and her performance in this song is worth remembering. I am sure having one of the best musicians on your side inside the studio helps. The song will help launch Reem’s career and soon enough the Arab world has always been welcoming of pop divas whose talent is much better than their neighbors south of the borders.
As for Marwan, this is a clever move, not only is he releasing his own songs on his own terms, he made sure that it will be news and it will circulate. Now that the song is out, fans and supporters of Elissa are attacking Mawan and calling him names. They argue he promised to give the song for free to Elissa as a gift. Here’s an idea, has Elissa ever given away any of her songs for free? Mention an example.
REEM NASRI TA3BANI MINAK / ريم نصري تعبانة منك
Elissa – Ta3bani Mnak (Official) – اليسا – تعبانة منك – 2014