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Google ‘doodle’ marks late Algerian singer’s birthday

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Late Algerian singer Warda Al Jazairia was celebrated by Internet search giant Google with a “Doodle” on Monday.

For her 74rd birthday, the doodle featured a portrait which resembles a young Warda at the prime of her singing career.

Warda’s doodle has been featured in all of Google’s search pages across Middle Eastern countries.

Warda died in May last year in Cairo after suffering a heart attack at the age of 72.

Her career peaked when marrying composer Baligh Hamdi in Cairo. Warda sang several of the songs that her husband composed, and soon those of many other composers.

Warda was not only known for her singing but had also done some acting, starring in leading roles.

"She dedicated all of her life to her art, and she dedicated her art to her country," Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said when commenting on the news of her death.

The star was born in Puteaux, France, to a Lebanese father and an Algerian mother. This combination later proved beneficial in her career, as she sang in different Arabic dialects and was fluent in Arabic and French.