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Affifa Iskandar

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Occupation(s)  Singer, Actress
Role  Singer
Name  Affifa Iskandar

Labels  Shahrora, monologist
Instruments  Vocal
Genres  Maqam al-iraqi
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Birth name  Affifa Iskandar Estefan
Associated acts  Badia Masabni, Taheyya Kariokka
Similar People  Salima Pasha, Nazem Al‑Ghazali, Saleh and Daoud Al‑Kuwaity, Yas Khidr, Seta Hagopian

Affifa Iskandar Estefan (Arabic: عفيفة إسكندر إصطيفان ) was an Iraqi singer throughout the middle of the 20th century. She was born on 10 December 1921 in Mosul, Iraq. She was considered one of the best female singers in Iraqi history. She was nicknamed the "Iraqi Blackbird" (شحرورة العراق).


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Affifa Iskandar was born in Mosul to an Iraqi-Armenian father and a Greek mother. She lived in Baghdad, and started singing at the age of 5. At her first party in 1935, she sang Al maqam. At the age of 12, she married an Armenian man named Iskandar Estefan and took his last name. She also worked as an actress and appeared in many productions. 1938, she traveled to Egypt to work with Badia Masabni, Taheyya Kariokka, and Mohamed Abdel Wahab. She died of cancer on 21 October 2012 in Baghdad.


Iskandr sang nearly 1500 songs. These include:

  • "Ya aqqid alhajibayn"
  • "Ikhlas meni"
  • "Ya sokari ya assali"
  • "Ared Allah yebain hobty behom"
  • "Qaleb qaleb'"
  • "Jani alhlo labs sobhyat aledd"
  • "Nem wa sadek sadri"
  • "Msafren"
  • "Qsma"
  • "Helal eid"
  • References

    Affifa Iskandar Wikipedia

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