Pascal Mashaalani on Al Jazeera
Lebanese singer Pascal Mashaalani is preparing to hold a grand performance in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Table Tennis Union at the Regency Palace hotel in Lebanon. The event, which is held on a yearly basis, honors players from around the Arab world.
The committee for the event has chosen Pascal to be the highlight of this year’s celebration, which will be aired live on the news television network Al Jazeera.
Mashaalani has resumed performing now that the war between Lebanon and Israel has ended.
During the war, Pascal refused to leave Lebanon, despite the ongoing Israeli strikes targeting her neighborhood. The singer said that she is loyal to Lebanon, even though she holds a Canadian passport and was able to escape.
According to the London based Elaph, Pascal had cancelled a number of festivals and concerts around the world, refusing to sing while her country is suffering. The singer has visited a number of refugee shelters and assisted a number of people in need.
Before the war broke out, Pascal announced that she has been involved in a secret love affair for the past three years, and decided to make her relationship public since the couple is looking toward marriage. The singer said she believes love needs to grow away from the spotlights and the media, and away from disparaging rumors. She had to keep the matter a complete secret, in order to have a real relationship, said Pascal.