Miraths Idol: Wadi Elsafi


Wadih Elsafi is a Maronite Lebanese singer/songwriter, and actor. He is a Lebanese cultural icon, and is often called the “Voice of Lebanon”. Wadih Elsafi started his artistic journey at the age of seventeen when he took part in a singing contest held by Lebanese Radio and was chosen the winner among fifty other competitors.

Wadih Elsafi began composing and performing songs that drew upon his rural upbringing and love of traditional melodies, blended with an urban sound, and creating a new style of modernized Lebanese folk music.

El Safi has written over 3000 songs.He is well known for his mawawil (an improvised singing style) of ‘ataba, mijana, and Abu el Zuluf. He has performed and recorded with many well-known Lebanese musicians, including Najwa Karam, Fairouz and Sabah.

Discography (performer)

  • Best of Wadi – Vol. 1 (EMI, 1999)
  • Best of Wadi – Vol. 2
  • Best of Wadi – Vol. 3
  • Inta Omri (2000)
  • The Two Tenors:Wadi Al Safi Aad Sabah Fakhri (Ark 21, 2000)
  • Wadih El-Safi and José Fernandez (Elef Records)
  • Wetdallou Bkheir
  • Rouh ya zaman al madi atfal qana
  • Chante Le Liban
  • Wadi Elsafi / Legends Of The 20th Century
  • Mersal El Hawa
  • Mahrajan Al Anwar
  • Youghani Loubnan
  • Ajmal El Aghani

Discography (Composer)

  • Cantiques de l’Orient (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 1996)
  • Psaumes Pour Le 3ème Millénaire (Angel Records, 2002)