Every now and then, we hear about pop artists stealing or “plagiarizing” another artist’s song or melody.
However, not all incidents end up in a court of law. Here’s a list of some classic Arabic songs that originated from other international songs.
Fayrouz- Kano Ya Habeby
Did you know that Fayrouz’s 1974 “Kano Ya Habeby” originated from a classical Russian anthem called Poliushko Polie Lev Knipper? Don’t believe us, listen for yourself.
Abdel Wahab- Ya Msafer Wahdak
Yes. Abdel Wahab’s masterpiece is taken from a Greek song that was released 4 years before his song came out in 1842. Wonders never cease, huh?
Fayrouz- Ya Ana
Sorry folks, but it appears that a lot of Fayrouz’s song is taken from a symphony by Mozart. But to be fair, Fayrouz’s family, Al Rahbani, did admit to borrowing her 1972 “Ya Ana“.
Hoda Hadad- Lina
Another song adopted from a classical symphony is Hoda Hadad’s “Lina” which corresponds to Mendelssohn’s violin E minor.
Mohamed Fouad- Aw2at ya Donya
No one can forget the 90s hit “Aw2at Ya Donya” by Mohamed Fouad. It was groundbreaking, but also, non-original. It’s actually a mirrored copy of Wild World by Cat Stevens.
Joseph Kosma got nothing on our Fayrouz. She adopted his Autumn Leaves music and put her own authentic Arabic spin on it. Can you tell?