Insight Magazine
September ‘14
Pascale Machalani may have been away from the spotlight but she is far from forgotten! Who could forget her when shes shining our world with her powerful voice and lightening our hearts like the sun in a midsummer day. The superstar gave us some time from her busy schedule and opened up about her role as a loving wife and caring mummy, singing in different dialects and her long awaited new Album
When I decided to sing a national song for a different country than Lebanon I chose Egypt, a country that I love deeply.
Pascale Machalani

Whats the secret behind your disappearance the past years? And do you think this absence affected your stardom?

I had personal reasons. After getting married and giving birth to my only son, Elie, I had to take care of him and give him all my time and attention. Also the conditions at that time were very disturbed, everything was frustrating and people were constantly stressed! All these factors affected life in general and the music and art scene in particular. I dont think I was affected by this pause, a lot of stars were forced to take musical breaks and their names remained stronger than ever.

What changed in your life after becoming a mother?

Everything! Now my son and family are the top priority in my life. After giving birth to my son I gained more responsibilities. Before marriage my life was my own, now my son and family are the meaning of my life, and I would have never asked for a greater gift. The most beautiful thing about being a mother is the urge to give unconditionally.

You released a special song for your son Elie. Would you consider releasing a full album for children like Nancy Ajram and Haifa Wehbe?

I started singing for Elie the moment I knew I was pregnant. The thought that came to my mind was I am an artist, I have a beautiful voice, and I sing to millions so it doesnt make sense not to sing for my own son, especially since his father is a composer. So I chose some special lyrics with the poet Abu Melhem Antom, and my husband Melhem Abu Chedid started preparing the tunes. We wanted to present something for Elie to remember us with when he is older. I dont think the idea of releasing a childrens album will ever hit me. I prefer to create singles for children rather than a full Album.

Recently you introduced two songs in the Lebanese dialect and one in Egyptian. Did you create this combination to satisfy your audience in Egypt and Lebanon?

Of course I wanted to be back with more than 50 songs for each Arab country and dialect, but I was only able to work on two Lebanese songs. At the same time, I decided to sing Nawart Misr for my beloved Egyptians, and thank God it was a huge success.

Werent you afraid of criticism for singing an Egyptian national song?

When I decided to sing a national song for a different country than Lebanon I chose Egypt, a country that I love deeply. I didnt sing for any political party in specific but for the entire nation. I wish things settle down for both Egypt and Lebanon. I was not afraid of being criticized for singing to Egypt; I did a lot of songs for Lebanon and the Lebanese army in my previous albums.

What about singing in Algerian in Nbgyek?

I am very happy with this experiment and its huge success, which was achieved even before the clip was released, in Egypt, Lebanon and the Gulf, not only Algeria. I sang Dandene in the Moroccan dialect before and it was very successful as well.

A lot of singers choose to sing in the Gulf dialect and some even produce full albums in Gulf, whats your take on that trend?

Gulf songs have existed for a very long time, but their recent increase is because Dubai has become an active destination for all production companies. Also the lack of concerts in Egypt and Lebanon on one hand and their huge increase in Moroco and the Gulf on the other leads singers to release songs in the Golf dialect.

Is it true that singers produce their own albums to seize the chance of choosing their songs away from the producers interference?

Honestly it hasnt happened with me before. I always choose what suits me, and each singer knows whats better for him/her. At the end singing depends purely on feelings, but I also like to consider the professional opinion.

What do you think of the participation of super stars to be judges in the talent competitions programs?

Participating in these programs is a double edged weapon, because the viewers get to meet the real character of the artist weekly. At the end only the artist can decide if he/she can or cant fill the judges chair. Personally I have no problem participating in a similar experience but not for 5 or 6 seasons, because eventually the audience will get bored.

Of all the talents programs in the Arab world, which is the most successful in your opinion?

The voice is the most successful experience in the Arab world.

Then why dont the participated talents gain the expected success after leaving the shows?

There is more than one factor for the lack of success for these talents. They dont understand the huge responsibility that follows that experience. They achieve success in less than one month and then find difficulty to compete after leaving; they dont know how to continue or what to do next.

Would you consider acting at some point in your career?

I was one of the first singers who were asked to act, but I rejected it because I didnt want to be the beautiful girl who doesnt have any acting talents. But now I think I have become more experienced and would be able to act, I am just waiting for the right project.

What about your new album?

My new album will be out very soon. It will be in the Gulf dialect and will feature 6 songs. The album is my own production. I will start shooting a song as a video clip soon to be ready for release with the album. I teamed with the poet Aseer Alryad and composer Khaled Algendy, the album will also feature a song in the Iraqi dialect, and this is the first time Ive sung in Iraqi.

By Rania Ihab