Algerian singer Warda dies

2012-05-18 12:53
Cairo - Legendary Algerian singer Warda has died in Cairo from a heart attack aged 71.

Egypt's state-owned MENA news agency says Warda died Thursday and will be flown to Algeria on Friday for burial.

Along with Lebanon's Fayrouz and Egypt's late Umm Kalthoum, Warda was one of the giants of Arab song.

She lived in Egypt on and off since 1960. She earned both her cinematic and singing breakthroughs in Egypt, and gained fame throughout the Middle East.

Warda Aldjazairia, or the Algerian Rose, was born in France in 1940 to an Algerian father and Lebanese mother, according to her official website.

She traveled to Algeria for the first time in 1962 after the country gained independence from France.