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William Nassar

William Nassar

Sector : Cultural Figures , Singers / Musicians

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1966
  • Age : 46
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William Nassar is an Arab composer, song writer and performer. His songs and music added a unique dimension to contemporary Arabic music by forging a new relationship between the performer and the audience.

Since 1982, William Nassar represented the voice of resistance; struggle for freedom, and of a deep and dynamic artistic - political process that created a new style of a unique modern Arabic song. William Nassar was born in Lebanon on December 25th, 1966. Growing up during the civil war challenged him, as a young boy, to create his own world far away from bombs and death. Thus, he established at the age of 11 (Nihna Band) which means “WE” with 7 of his schoolmates.

On 1977, his music teacher (Azmi el Wawi) changed his entire life when he asked him to perform in a summer youth camp. This first performance has opened William Nassar's eyes and mind about the struggle for a better life. William Nassar is considered to be, along with Ziad Rahbani, Marcel Khalife and other renowned composers, the founders of what is called the Arabic socio - political song, and together, they created a new age of progressive musical and song writing culture.

Since 1979, William Nassar dedicated his music and songs to the Palestinian cause, Palestinian refugees, Right of Return to Palestine and peace, where he worked closely with many international progressive composers and performers, such as Fecente Felio toward a new socio - political song and music writings. Between 1982 and 1984, William Nassar was detained several times in Lebanon, for his social activities and for opposing the military fascist regime that ruled after the "Israeli" invasion to Beirut.

William Nassar was obliged to leave Lebanon after an assassination attempt by some fundamentalists. He left Lebanon and has chosen to live in exile where he persuaded his PhD degree in musicology.

Achievements and Awards

William Nassar has performed in many international festivals worldwide (Italy, Germany, Greece, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Cuba, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Canada, U.S.A etc. In addition to thousands of concerts on the Lebanese theatres, villages and streets.

William Nassar received many awards:

The Musical Award of Jazz Festival in Canada, 1998.

International Ethnic Music Festival Best Composing May 2008.

On April 2009 William Nassar received a Palestine's Order Of Merit for his role in breaking Gaza Strip Seige.

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