Syrian superstar Assala Nasri performed Saturday on the opening night of the 15th edition of the Alexandria International Song Festival, which is taking place in the Mediterranean city until Friday 21 December.
The festival, the revenues from which will be spent on charity work, has honored the Syrian star at the Sayed Darwish hall in Alexandria's Opera in an event attended by many VIPs including the culture minister and the Alexandria governor accompanied by many foreign and Arab consuls.
Assalah performed many of her most well-known songs, including Aktar, Takhayal Bokra, Bo'dak Anny and Ayez El-Ha'a.
The opening of the festival also saw the honoring of many Egyptian and Arab artists, including Egyptian composer Mohamed Sultan, Egyptian poet Omar Batishah, Saudi singers Wa'ad and Abdullah Rashad, and late Saudi singer Talal Maddah, as the Kingdom is the guest of honor of the current edition.
The festival will see a series of daily activities and concerts at the same venue, including honoring Egyptian singers Nesma Mahgoub and Mohamed El-Sharnouby.
Assalah, 49, who has enjoyed wide success in the Arab world, has hosted dozens of the best known Arab musicians in her successful TV show Sola, where featured guests perform live.
Assalah's last album, 'Mohtammah Bel-Tafaseel,' was released in May with the track 'Ya Alem' being viewed by tens of millions, while 'Youm El-Raheel' garnered over 38 million views.
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