: لطفي بوشناق
: Lutfi Bošnjak) (born January 18, 1952) is a Tunisian singer, oud
player, composer and public figure. He is considered one of the best tenors
in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab world
and has been dubbed as Tunisia's "Pavarotti
He also played in Tunisian TV series and movies including Maktoub, La boîte magique, Halou u mer and El paraíso ya no es lo que era.
Lotfi Bouchnak on stage.
Bouchnak was born in Tunis
to a family of Bosniak
and Turkish origin.
At a young age, he began re-performing the songs of Oum Kalthoum
and other masters of Egyptian music
. He joined the "Youth Musical Group of Tunis", then "Arrachidia", where he started improving his vocal skills with Ali Sriti
. He also learnt to play the Oud
. In 1979, at the age of 25, Bouchnak recorded his first song composed by Ahmed Siddiqui. He then started working with other famous composers such as Sayed Mekkaoui, Fathallah Ahmed, and Anwar Brahem.
In the 1980s, he started composing songs for other artists such as Khaled
and the rap group IAM
Bouchnak has been one of few artists to have regular shows in the Cairo Opera House
since 1992. He won the Best Arab Singer Award in Washington DC, in 1997.
In 2019 he collaborates with the Tunisian heavy metal band Myrath
on the song "Mersal" (from their album Shehili
and with the Italian artist Tosca in her album Morabeza