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Nadine Tayseer shares her love for Arabic music through lyrics, instruments

Singer Nadine Tayseer, who is known for her covers of Arabic songs. (Photo: Handout from Nadine Tayseer)
AMMAN —Nadine Tayseer has always found eastern music more fascinating than western music. So when she discovered her vocal talent at the age of 10, she shared her favorite Arab lyrics with others. Currently, she is a performer who enjoys singing covers of Arabic songs and sharing the beauty of Arabic music with the world. اضافة اعلان

“I began singing at the age of ten, and my father, who sings and plays several instruments, was the motivating factor behind my talent,” Tayseer said in an interview with Jordan News.

Tayseer grew up in a family that loves music. Her father is a music professor and the founder of the Music House in Amman.

Before singing, Tayseer learned violin for five years. However, due to her interest in Arabic melodies, she switched to the qanun. The qanun is a traditional Middle Eastern stringed instrument. 

Even with the qanun, Tayseer still wanted to form a stronger relationship with Arabic music, which is why she wanted to pursue singing. So, she joined a few local choirs, including Zaha Choir, National Music Conservatory, and Music House.

However, even prior to the choirs, Tayseer shared: “I used to sing Arab songs for Wardeh and Mayada Al-Hinawi, as a child,” Tayseer said. “It was a good place to start as a child, before climbing up the ladder,” she added.

Even with her love for music, Tayseer was not willing to pursue it as a career. Instead, Tayseer studied architecture, and while this path is different from music, she finds a way to merge both together; she listens to songs that she loves while working on designs.

“I love architecture, just like I love music, and I believe they are in some ways intertwined, despite the fact that they are two different forms of art,” she said.
During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the singer decided to go public and share her voice with others locally and around the world.

She shared that social media played a significant role in her growth and in growing her connections with others. “I am trying to focus on a concept, where I address certain lyrics to people to encourage them to feel optimistic and happy,” she said.

Her first cover was published on her YouTube channel in September 2020, and it was a cover of the Arabic song “Yaretak Fahemni” by the Egyptian singer Angham. Currently, it has more than seven million views; she has also accumulated nearly 138,000 subscribers.

Social media also encouraged Tayseer to advance herself further in order to perform songs that people would enjoy that are also unique.
Tayseer has also collaborated with different local talents, including instrumentalists Joseph Demerjian and Laith Suleiman, music producer Hassan Al-Rayes, and video producer Mohammad Dawwas.

“I initially started sharing my singing through Instagram, and I received a lot of positive engagement,” she said. “I then chose to put Angham’s cover on my YouTube channel, and after four months, the cover had just 2,000 views, but now there are millions of views from all over the world.”

Following her first cover hit, the singer has performed Arabic medleys (where a single artist merges multiple covers in a single recording) by many Arab singers, including the Lebanese singer Fadel Chaker and the Egyptian singer Sherine. 

Tayseer mentioned that she enjoys singing emotional songs, particularly those that elicit powerful feelings and emotions.
Instrumentalists are essential to the singer. Tayseer shared that the singers collaborating with instrumentalists are crucial in highlighting the mutual talent. She went on to say that the tunes and instrumentals can shape the extent of a singer’s vocal talent. 

“Instrumentalists are the ones who create music, which adds strength and completeness to the singer’s voice to be able to perfect a performance,” she said.

The singer cemented this belief after she collaborated with the nai (pan flute) player Laith Suleiman in two of her medleys. 

Suleiman and Tayseer have known each other for 15 years, and he helped the singer uncover the importance of harmony and connection between the singer and the instrumentalist. 

In an interview with Jordan News, Suleiman shared that the nai is used as an accompanying instrument to the singer, and because of the connection between him and Tayseer, the instrument was able to collaborate with the singer. 

What distinguishes Tayseer’s performances is the strong instrumental presence that she performs along, instead of keeping in the background. 
“The idea behind our collaboration was to show people that music can be both lyrical and instrumental, which Nadine appreciated because it allowed her to show her talent while I demonstrated the nai’s power,” Suleiman said.

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