Salma Al Masri
was born in Damascus, Syria in 1957 to a family that appreciated art in
all its forms. Her grandfather was the famous ďUdĒ musician Omar Naksbandi.
began her acting career in childrenís programs in Syrian Television and
was active in theater at school. She graduated from law school at the University of Damascus.
Subsequently, she dedicated herself to acting and married the late television director Shakib Ghannam. Her first film was Maklab Fi Al-Maxic with Dourade Lahham, Mouna Wassef and the late Nihad Qallili.
Her first starring television series was Abou Al-Mashakel, directed by Salim Sabri. In addition, she starred in more than 65 television series such as:
Nemer Al Adwan
Dalila Wa Zeibek
Ailaty Wa Ana (with Dorade Lahham)
In films, she has starred in Maklab Fi Al-Maxic, Al-Itajah Al-Mouakes, and Al-Moutabaki.
theatrical contribution includes acting in eight plays, including
Shakek Al-Nouman and Kasak Ya Wattan, which were critically acclaimed.
Her acting awards include:
1982 Best Actress Award in Tunisia Radio and Television Festival
1982 Golden Medallion as Best Actress from the Syrian Artist Guild
1995 Best Actress Award from the Syrian Women Association
1996 Best Actress Award from the Al-Faja Festival in Iran for her role in Al-Moutabaki
1999 Cairo Radio and Television Festivalís Golden Medallion for Best Actress for her role in Al-Jamal
Salma Al Masri on her roles: "I select my roles carefully and focus
on parts that deal with family and womenís issues. I believe that any
form of art should have a message to convey."
was born in Damascus, Syria, and still resides there. His contributions
extend to film, radio, television and stage. His career began at Syrian Radio working with childrenís programming.
In 1958 he was appointed head anchor of Syrian Radio. In 1959 he went to Cairo to assist in establishing the development of Arab Television Broadcast. In 1960 he went to Italy to study television production and directing; in the same year he was instrumental in establishing Syrian Television.
In 1975 he became the General Manager of Syrian Television. From 1975
to 1977 he served as Director of Programming and consultant to the
Director of Television and Radio. During this time he participated in
establishing Saudi Television for Saudi Arabia.
the first to produce and direct entertainment programs that introduced
Dourade Lahham and Nihad Qalili to the Syrian television audience. This
collaboration went on to produce some of the best television and
theater line-ups in Syria for years to come.
He directed the film Sah Al-Noum and many documentaries, in addition to hosting many entertainment programs for Lebanese television.
many in the Arab world, he was the man who delivered news, political
programming and commentary through popular television programs.
1999, he produced and directed the television series Al-Jamal, which
won the Cairo Radio and Televisionís Golden Medallion for Best
Production and Direction. He also received the Cairo Jury Award.
Recently, he produced and hosted the Ala Ayni
for Syrian Satellite, which has helped link Syrians from around the
world with their motherland. He was a pioneer in building the artistic
movement through radio, television, film, and stage for the last 50
Assala and (the late) Moustafa Nasri
late Moustafa Nasri, born in Damascus Syria, is one of few singers who
have raised the standard and elevated the art of Syrian song to a high
level through his unique style of delivery.
Moustafa Nasriís father, was one of the pioneers of political and
social satirical monologue. Hatem Nasri introduced his son, Moustafa,
to the study and mastery of music. Moustafa started his career as a
chorus singer in Syrian Radio.
Most famous Syrian music
composers have provided Moustafa Nasriís tracks. Moustafaís voice,
classified as tenor, made him unique amongst singers in the Arab world.
a father and family man, Moustafa Nasri did everything possible to
provide his daughter Assala every opportunity for education in the
field of music. He prepared Assala become one of the leading (if not the leading) vocalist in the Arab world.