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May Matar

May Matar

An Arabic singer, composer, and director

May Matar was born in Kfaraakka, Lebanon, on October 8, 1987. Her debut single and music video "El Kawn Zghir" was released in 2007 and won an award from the Belorussian Academy in 2008. The same year, she released "Eh Gharali", which she composed and recorded alone. The song was well received and exceeded the success of her debut, reaching Melody's Top 20. "Ma fi Hada," written by Nizar Francis and composed by Samir Sfeir was released in 2009, and reached number one. The following year, she released "Metlak Mesh Ayzin", which was directed by Ziad Najjar. This song won the Best Social Song and Video Clip Award.

In 2018, after her husband's death, May performed a live concert at Gemmayze, where she released her first live-recorded album Kel shi bi zakerni fik on the label Anghami. She donated the proceeds from the concert to the Kids First Association. After taking a five-year break from video making, Matar published a single titled " Bla7za w Yawm", which was directed by Elie Berbary and reached the top five.

May Matar was born into a Lebanese family on October 8, 1987, in Kfaraakka, Koura, northern Lebanon. She is the eldest child of Maurice Matar and Zeina Sarraf, and has one sibling. On September 7, 2013, after a long relationship, Matar married George Badawi, a former Basketball player, in Beirut. Their duet "Osetna" was played as their first dance at their wedding. On January 19, 2016, Matar gave birth to twins Giorgio and Giovanni. During the same year, she released a song called "Alba Lal Mama", the music video for which was filmed and the couple's residence. On May 8, 2017, her husband George died from a sudden pulmonary embolism.

Career

May Matar lived her first 18 years in Saudi Arabia, where her father worked. At the age of six, Matar started attending private piano and keyboard; three years later, after learning the piano basics, she began songwriting and composing. From the age of 14, Matar formed an oriental band AMA, which consisted of three members and became known for playing in local restaurants and events. Three years later, May ended AMA and planned to return to Lebanon to study.

In early 2006, Matar officially started considering a career in music. On 8 October 2007, "El Kawan Zghir", Matar's first single, was her birthday gift from her father. It was written and composed by Elie Zgheib, and got her an award from the Bielourussia Academy which recognized her as the most promising new coming artist of the year. Her second single "Eh Gharali" reached Melody's top 20. The video, which features the Lebanese actor Majdi Mashmoushi, reached high rankings on Arab television stations. Shortly after its release, May's third single and music clip "Ma Fi Hada" reached number one on the Lebanese pop charts. The song is a romantic ballad written by Nizar Francis and composed by Samir Sfeir. The video was directed by Bassem Moghniye and Matar.

In 2010, Matar released "Metlak mech 3ayzin" during which May responded to many press questions about the content of the song, whose video was directed by Ziad Najjar. This song won the Best Social Song and Video Clip Award. The following year, Matar founded the online marketing company Global Media Masters, which creates websites. In 2015, Matar performed the theme song "Layali 7azini" for the Lebanese Arabic television series “Solo El Layl El 7azin” that was broadcast on the Lebanese Broadcasting Company International (LBCI). Two years later, the Lebanese singer Brigitte Yaghi released her song "Bestahel", which was the first song written and composed by Matar for another artist.

In 2018, Matar held her first concert in Gemmayzeh. She released her first album Kel Shi B Zakerni Fik, which became an exclusive live album on Anghami. The proceeds of the concert went to Kids First Association. In 2019, one week before her second concert, Matar released her leading single "Blahza w Yawm". At her concert in Jdeideh, and after taking a five-year break from making videos, Matar officially released the music video of the single, which peaked in the Top Five. The proceeds of this concert were donated to the Rotary Club to fund their breast cancer project. In May 2020, Matar released her song "Akh Ya Deni" during the COVID-19 pandemic; she also released "Wahidi" on 6 May, in memory of her last road trip with George, her late husband. The clip was directed by Valentina Khawand, and was Khawand's music video debut. "Wahidi" peaked at number one in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco Syria and Australia, and charted in other countries, making the top five in Algeria and the top twelve in the United Arab Emirates.

January,1, 2021, it's a new year, which means new opportunities for fresh faces to rise above the noise. Matar took to social media and TV channels on New Year's Day (Jan. 1) to celebrate the end of a challenging 2020 and welcome the opportunity for a fresh start in the coming year by releasing the booming hit of the year "Bel Mabda2". A week of its release, the Lebanese singer May Matar was able to score her first Lebanese Number 1 on OLT20 with her new song “Bel Mabda2”, an instant hit in Lebanon and regionally! As a note that May Matar did land a couple of Top 10 Hits in the past with her songs “Ne7na”, and Wa7idi”. The Video clip was a mix of emotions that fuels feelings, directed by Valentina Khawand. As May showed her acting abilities after training over a long period of time that lasted for about two and a half months.

Timeline

October 8, 1987
May Matar was born.

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