BEIRUT: Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam paid tribute Sunday to Wadih al-Safi, who died Friday at the age of 92.
“Wadih was a pure person in his smile, his tone and during his gatherings,” said Salam in a statement.
“His mind, look and voice were all pure.”
Salam, who offered his condolences to the family of the Lebanese musician, said that Safi “never missed an opportunity to sing for his country from the depths of his heart.”
Safi suffered a stroke Friday night and died after being transferred to the Bell Vue Medical Center.
He was part of Lebanon’s musical landscape for nearly 75 years, creating a modernized form of folk music by blending traditional melodies with an urban sound.