Samira Said (Arabic: سميرة سعيد, native name: Samira Bensaïd; born January 10, 1962 in Rabat, Morocco) is a Moroccan singer.
Samira Said was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco. She began singing at the age of 9 and discovered on a music program on Royal Moroccan TV, Mawaheb. She began to sing professionally and recorded many Moroccan songs such as "Kifash Tlakina" ("How we Met"), "Fayetli sheftek shi marra" ("I've seen you once") and "Sarkouh" ("They Stole Him"), not to mention "Al Behhara" ("Mariners"). Her singles included "Maghlouba" ("Beaten") and "Wa'ady" ("My Love"). In 1980 she represented Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 singing Bitaqat Hub placing 18th out of 19 contestants.
Said has recorded "Ben Leef" ("The Circle of Life"), "Sayidati Sadati" (Ladies and Gentlemen"), "Malich Enwan" ("Ready When You Are") and "Akher Hawa" ("Last Love"). She worked with composer Mohamed El Mougi, singing and acting a film role in Saaktob Ismak Ala Arrimal ("I Will Write Your Name in the Sand"), which included her singing "Yadamiiti Haddi" ("Tears, Fall from My Eyes"). Other recordings include "Lilet El Ouns" ("Magnificent Get-Together"), "Ech Gab Li Gab" ("A Cut about the Rest"), "Amrak Aajib" ("I Don't Get You"), and "Menghir Sabab" ("For No Reason"). In 2000 she released "Lilah Habeebee", ("One Night, My Love"), album title track, which went on to win for best video in the Arab world in 2001 at the Cairo Arabic Music Festival. At the 15th annual World Music Awards in 2003, Said won a World Music Awards based on worldwide sales figures for that year. Said also won the BBC Awards for world music for the best artist in the Middle East with her album Youm Wara Youm. Said has won more than 40 awards in the Arab World.
Halina Hopkis called Said "an emblem of transnationality in her moves between Morocco and Egypt as well the different awards and shows she has received and participated in as a representative of the Arabic music community".
Said has won the Rabab d'or prize at Tétouan's Voix des femmes festival in 2008. and, in 2009, won the Murex d'Or award
In the 2009 Timitar Festival in Agadir, Said performed for a crowd of 100,000 In 2011, the Beirut International Award Festival (BIAF) honoured a number of Arab and international singers including Said.
According to Al Ahram, "Her albums, including Inssani, Khaifa, Ashka, Enta Habibi, Kul Dee Eshaat, Al Bal, Rohy, Youm Wara Youm and Aweeni Beek, have sold in excess of 50 millions copies."
Hopkins said "One reason Said's music is so popular is because of the tonal beauty of her voice against the background instrumentation. The centrality of her voice represents her personal influence in her work.
She has been credited and criticized for bringing Arab music into the pop-driven commercially-fuelled 21st century.
Philanthropy and humanitarian work:
She spearheaded concerts to draw people together after the riots in immigrant suburbs across France, and to bring about solidarity between all religions