Barakat was one of the few Lebanese artists who sang in colloquial Lebanese. AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Lebanese singing legend Melhem Barakat passed away Friday, following a battle with illness in another blow to the Lebanese music scene.Born in the Mount Lebanon town of Kfar Shima, Barakat took his musical inspirations from Egyptian singer Mohammad Abdel-Wahab, showing an innate talent from an early age.Barakat is survived by his three children from Randa Azar, his first wife and one son from his second wife.He was involved in a high-profile marriage with the renowned Lebanese singer May Hariri before the two separated. Barakat is the most recent of a string of high-profile Lebanese artists to pass away recently.
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