Ben Aindi Habibi – Mary Fahl By Aurora Moreno, Esteban Valdivieso Released 2003
It’s the voice. The song: https://youtu.be/yu8OubuAALY . It was released in 2003, on Mary’s album “The Other Side of Time”. Mary Fahl was the lead singer of October Project, a group that got some but not enough airplay in the 1990s. Then she went solo, and has released several solo albums. If you like Mary’s sound, check out her other works, and October Project’s self-titled album released in 1993. If you think her voice might be the result of studio tricks and production, then check out some of her live recordings. I say you will be convinced otherwise. Here she is singing Ben Aindi Habibi at a house concert in 2009, accompanied only by her own acoustic guitar. https://youtu.be/I0jC19eFx5c Mary was born and raised in New York.
Here is an English translation of the ‘Ben Aindi Habibi’ lyrics:
Come to my house, my beloved,
If you leave, this betrayal
Will bring misery.
Come to our passionate rendezvous.
Mercy, my beloved!
You’ll make me desolate if you go!
Good man, kiss my little mouth
And don’t leave me just yet.
(Source: https://www.lyrics.com/track/6286953/Mary+Fahl/Ben+Aindi+Habibi ) This song pick came from a category I created of songs not in the English language. Among other contenders I considered for this pick were, in no particular order, Eres Tu by Mocedades, Soleil Soleil by Nana Mouskouri, Dominique by Sœur Sourire/Jeanne Deckers aka The Singing Nun, and La Bamba by Ritchie Valens. Each of these was way more popular than Mary Fahl’s song, but Mary’s voice wins my pick.