Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.
Swedish singer Maher Zain had moved to Sweden from Lebanon with his family at 8. A qualified aeronautical engineer, he is now known for his fusion of Eastern and Western music and for the religious overtones in his songs. He has also worked with UNHCR to support Syrian refugees.
Lebanese diva Cyrine Abdelnour made her mark in modelling working with fashion-designers like Zuhair Murad. She received the title Model of the World. She has acted in many Arabic television serials and films and won four Murex D'or awards as the best Lebanese actress. Her song Law Bas Fe Aini emerged as one of the most-popular Lebanese songs in 2006.
Singer-songwriter and fashion-icon Najwa Karam rose to prominence as a leading Lebanese singer and a Middle Eastern pop-icon with albums like Oyoun Qalbi and Nedmaneh. The latter won her a Murex d'Or award and several Rotana Records awards. Known for her unique style of blending traditional and contemporary Arabic music, Karam has appeared as a judge at Arabs Got Talent.
Lebanese-Canadian musician Karl Wolf soared to fame with his cover version of Toto's Africa. Born to musician parents in Beirut, he moved to Sharjah and then to Montreal with his family. His hits include tracks such as Butterflies and collaborations such as Yalla Habibi. He is also part of the collective BAE.
Assi Rahbani, part of the Lebanese composer duo The Rahbani Brothers, which also had his brother Mansour Rahbani, previously worked with Near East Radio. He later mostly composed music for his singer wife Nouhad Haddad, better known as Fairuz. The husband-wife duo also appeared in movies such as The Exile.
Lebanese composer, singer, and oud player Marcel Khalife gained international fame with songs such as Rita and the Rifle. Devoted to the Palestinian cause, he is inspired by the Communist Party and the poems of Mahmoud Darwish. His humanitarian efforts made him the 2005 UNESCO Artist for Peace.