Diana Haddad is a Lebanese recording artist who rose to fame as soon as she released her first album in 1996, titled ساكن (Saken). Her next albums helped her rise to fame across the Arab World.
Born to a Christian father and a Muslim mother, she was the third of five children. She moved with her family to Kuwait from Lebanon to escape the civil war, and then back to Lebanon to flee the Iraq-Kuwait War. She was a tomboy growing up, and had a affinity for chocolate, which caused her grandfather to hide it from her growing up. Her father was against her pursuing a music career, and she often snuck out to singing contests.
She got married at the age of 19, which was followed by controversy and rumours of the marriage being a marriage of convenience, and in 1999, after her mother had died, Diana studied and converted to Islam, and since then, there have been rumours on her changing her religion once more, all of which Diana denied.
She gave birth to two daughters, born in 1996, and in 2007. She and her husband divorced in 2009, after 14 years of marriage. She has stated that she does not regret the marriage, but would not allow her daughters to be married at an early age.
After several delays, caused by her divorce, almost being robbed, and the death of her father, Diana released her 2011 album to much success and praise. Her voice is considered one of the most recognisable in the Middle East, and is often described as Traditional, or Jabali
. She is also complimented for her modest style that maintains elegance and attractiveness without being sexualised, which was one of the main compliments for her Azab El Hawa
Has an official SoundCloud
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- ساكن - 1996 (Saken)
- أهل العشق - 1997 (Ahl Al Esheg)
- امانيه - 1998 (Ammanih)
- يا مايا - 1998 (Yammaia)
- شاطر - 1999 (Shater)
- جرح الحبيب - 2000 (Garh El Habib)
- أخبار حلوه - 2001 (Akhbar Helwa)
- لو يسألونى - 2002 (Law Yesaloni)
- أول مرة - 2004 (Awel Marrah)
- 2006 - 2006 ديانا حداد (Diana 2006)
- 2008 - من ديانا الى (Men Diana Illa)
- 2011 - بنت اصول (Bent Osol)
Diana Haddad and her music provide examples of:
- Affair Hair: In the Aadi music video.
- Age Progression Song: An unusual variation, but Ya Benti is her apologising to her daughter for possible hardships, from not being able to buy toys for her, to being unable to take her out, to being unable to prepare a fancy wedding for her, although it serves as an open letter as opposed to the daughter growing up throughout the song.
- Amicably Divorced: She is on good terms with her ex-husband.
- Ancient Egypt: Featured in the Yammaia music video.
- Auto-Tune: At the beginning of Elli Fi Bali.
- Big Fancy House: One is featured in the Saken music video.
- Breakup Song: Many of them, including Ya Za'lan, Garh El Habib, and Sahebi.
- Call-and-Response Song: Mass W Loli.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In the Law Yesaloni music video.
- Females Are More Innocent: Played straight in Esma'a Kalamhom, in which she prays for the man who left her, and Subverted in Kaid El Nesaa, which translates to The Malice of Women.
- Grief Song: Wainhom, regarding her mother, and then Rajaa Al Sheti, about her father.
- Hide Your Pregnancy: In the Lagitek music video.
- Iconic Song Request: Saken, Mani Mani, and Ammanih.
- Let's Duet: Garh El Habib, Mass Wi Loli, and Kol Hayati are some of her rare, yet praised duets.
- Looped Lyrics: Like most other Arabic songs, her songs tend to repeat each verse at least once.
- Message in a Bottle: Ahl Al Esheg music video.
- Morality Ballad: As well as serving as a Protest Song, Ana Al Ensan deals with how immoral humans are, which is what leads to war.
- Near Death Experience: Her car was once stopped by armed bandits in Lebanon.
- New Sound Album: Almost all of her albums significantly evolved her sound. Saken and Ahl Al Esheg were a more traditional style of music mixed with pop, Ammanih, Yammaia, and Shater were more pop oriented, and every album since then changed the sound.
- Protest Song: Ana Al Ensan, in 1998, in which she calls for the end of the war in Lebanon. A video for the song was released in 2006, amidst another war; Al Haq Yaktubo Min Dami, for Palestine; and Bi Edak El Qarar, a song against smoking and drugs.
- The Quiet One: An interviewer once told her that she is always quiet at the start of any interview, which she confirmed, and added that it's because she's always uncomfortable during the first 10 minutes.
- Self-Titled Album: Diana 2006.
- Sequel Song: Rajaa Al Sheti to Wainhom, although it is only in meaning, as the songs don't share lyrics or tune, but only the subject of one of her parents' death.
- Signature Song: Mani Mani, but her other two iconic songs also qualify.
- Silly Love Songs: Also many of them, including Shater, Tob Al Farah, and Azab El Hawa.
- Somewhere Song: Maghdouche is a song dedicated to her hometown, and her birth place.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Points the mic to various band members during their solos.
- Title Track: All of them except for Diana 2006, and Min Diana Illa.
- Western Zodiac: Portrays them in the Gaalat Diana music video.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Karl Wolf in Kol Hayati.