ReganMedia Captures Singer Wafah Dufour (nee Bin Ladin)

Judith Regan Signs Exclusive TV Deal with Wafah Dufour, Niece of Osama Bin


'I am an American and I love my country!'

.Wafah Dufour

Mar 09, 2006, 00:00 ET from ReganMedia

    NEW YORK, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Judith Regan, President and Publisher,
 ReganMedia, announced today that she has signed Wafah Dufour, a niece of Osama
 Bin Laden, to an exclusive agreement for a reality television series based
 upon Wafah Dufour's life as a pop-rock singer and musician.
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     Wafah Dufour-whose birth name is Wafah Bin Ladin*-is the daughter of
 Carmen Dufour Bin Ladin (of Switzerland), the New York Times best-selling
 author of Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia, and Yeslam Bin Ladin,
 half-brother to the notorious Osama Bin Laden.  Wafah Dufour was born in Santa
 Monica, California, and is a citizen of both Switzerland and the United
 States.  Wafah Dufour moved to Saudi Arabia at the age of three and at ten
 moved to Geneva, Switzerland, with her mother and sisters after her parents
 separated.  In 1999, Wafah Dufour returned to the United States to receive her
 Master's degree from Columbia Law School in New York City.
     Wafah Dufour began singing at three, and her musical influences include
 U2, Depeche Mode, Sade, John Mayer, The Cure, and The Cranberries.
     Although she speaks Spanish, French and English, Wafah Dufour prefers to
 sing in English. Says Wafah Dufour, "Singing in English allows me to express
 feelings that go perfectly with the music I make, which is both modern and
 rooted in the classic pop I grew up with.  I understand that when people hear
 my last name, they have preconceived notions, but I was born an American and I
 love my country.  As a musician, my life is simply about the music, which is
 truly the universal language that we all can understand."
     Adds Judith Regan, "Wafah is a beautiful and talented singer who - like so
 many twentysomethings - has a dream to make it in the music business.  She is
 also a young woman who falls in love, has her heart broken, worries about her
 looks, doesn't always listen to her mother, and hasn't spoken to her father in
 years.  Her story will bridge the gap that people feel exists between the
 cultures she has lived in.  Her history and her quest for stardom will make
 for a compelling television series-she is a musician, a young woman, and most
 important a human being."
     The deal was brokered by Richard Valvo, Wafah Dufour's publicist.
     * Bin Ladin is the preferred spelling of Wafah's branch of the family.

SOURCE ReganMedia