Re-Mi Bendali was born on July 4th, 1979, in Tripoli, Lebanon to Rene Bendali and Hoda Sidawi. She was born into a famous musical family, and it wasn’t long before her own gift for music and singing became evident.
At the tender age of three and a half, Re-Mi recorded her first song, “Imani Ahla Iman”, dedicating it to a war-torn Lebanon. She then went on to record other songs for children and released several albums over the years, but her fame across much of the Arab world is primarily attributed to a song that she sang in 1984 – “Atouna Ettofouli”. In fact, Re-Mi’s first performance of this trilingual song was at the official residence of the Lebanese president at the time.
In 1985, Re-Mi starred in her own feature film, “Amanie Tahta Kaws Kozah”, in which she sang the widely popular songs: “Ya Amar” and “Teer Ou Alli Ya Hamaam”, “Ma Tibki” and a few others.
Re-Mi’s singing career didn’t stop there, but continued well into her teens. During that period, she regularly toured many countries, performing shows for children and various charities. Among the countries she held concerts at besides Lebanon were Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, France, USA and Canada.
In 1989, Re-Mi fled warring Lebanon with her parents and younger brother Rene Jr, and they settled in Montreal, Canada for four years. During her time abroad, Re-Mi focused on her school-work, but occasionally recorded new songs and travelled back to Lebanon and other Arab countries to perform them at shows and festivals.
Upon her return to Lebanon in 1993, following her parents’ separation, Re-Mi moved to Beirut with her mother and younger brother, where she later went on to study musicology and pursued a career in teaching music at various schools in Lebanon. In 2007, she took up a teaching position at a school in Ghana for a year. In 2008, Re-Mi got married and moved to Stockholm-Sweden