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Rima Khcheich

Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich was born in Khiam, South Lebanon, in 1974. She started singing classical Arabic music at the age of nine, and was awarded the bronze medal at the Bizert Festival for the Mediterranean Song in Tunisia in 1985. Her singing career began with the children's choir at the Arabic Cultural Club, and later evolved into a solo performance with the Beirut Oriental Troop for Arabic Music under the supervision and direction of Maestro Salim Sahab. Khcheich studied the traditions of classical Arabic singing at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in Beirut, where her efforts were supported by her father, Kamel Khcheich, who encouraged her to memorize and master classics from the Arabic music heritage like Muwashahat, Adwar, and other styles. She has performed with Zakariah Ahmad, Al-Kassabji, Sayyed Darwish, Kamel Al Khal'I, and Muhammad Abdel Wahab, among others.