The singer of the generation

Mayada El Hennawy, is a Syrian singer born in Aleppo in 1959. She is considered one of the giants of Arab singing. She began singing at an early age and traveled to Damascus to meet the great composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab. She performed in front of him along with her sister. During his second visit to Damascus, he requested a meeting with Mayada and asked her to go to Egypt to nurture her talent.

Her major breakthrough came with her collaboration with the composer Baligh Hamdi in the 1980s. He wrote songs for her such as "Ana Ba'ishak" and "Al Hob Li Kan," among others, which achieved great popularity in the Arab world. After the departure of her spiritual father, Baligh Hamdi, Mayada started to change her artistic style. She released the album "Ghayart Hayati" which marked the beginning of her singing career for short Arab songs. She also filmed a music video for the song "Ghayart Hayati," which gained popularity among a new generation of youth.

Journalist Mohammed Badi' Serbiya wrote in his magazine "Al-Maw'id" that Mayada achieved in three years what Warda Al-Jazairia achieved in thirty years, which later earned her the title of the singer of the generation. She was the first Arab singer to record her songs using the track system, which allows recording the melody on one track and vocals on another track. She was also the first Arab singer to release her songs on laser discs.

She was deported from Egypt for a period of 13 years due to a dispute with the wife of Mohammed Abdel Wahab, which caused her to lose the song "Alf Leila wa Leila" that was given to the artist Warda. Mayada has sung many national songs in collaboration with various Arab artists. She also participated as a guest artist in the program "Amir Al-Shu'ara" on Abu Dhabi TV and performed a concert alongside the artist Marwan Khoury.

In 2019, she held a remarkable concert to inaugurate the Damascus International Fair, which was held at the Damascus Opera House. She also received the State Appreciation Award in 2017. Among her albums, we mention "Thawrat Al-Shouq" (1986), "Al-Layali" (1990), "Al-Hal Al-Wahid" (1991), "Galak Kalamy" (1994), and "A'rfu Azaay" (2004).