Lebanese singer Maya Nasri announced that she will not give any performances or resume work on her upcoming album while her country is “burning and falling to pieces” as a result of ongoing Israeli raids, according to the singer.
The London based Elaph reported that Maya fled Lebanon by land to Egypt through Syria. The singer was in Beirut for a short vacation when the war with Israel broke out and was able to leave the country and reach Cairo safely.
Maya was forced to return to Egypt since making it her permanent residence a few months back. The singer was hesitant to leave her country, and her father and brother behind amidst the violence.
The singer also cancelled her participation in the Carthage festival. Maya’s dream of acting has finally come true. She has begun filming her new movie "Abiad Wa Aswad" (White and Black) alongside Egyptian actors Mustafa Shabaan, Ahmad Saeed Abdul Ghani, Muhsin Mansour and Muna Al Maraghi.
The film, written by Nader Salah El Din, is directed by Ahmad Samir Faraj, his first feature length film, and is produced by Hisham Abdul Khaleq.
Maya was warmly welcomed by journalists at her press conference. Maya said that she is honored to have the opportunity to star in her first film, and highlighted her previous acting experience in different television programs since 1996.
In the film, Maya plays the role of a singer and aerobics instructor who, after a severe accident, is forced to hire a private body guard played by Mustafa. This new relationship marks the beginning of their romance.
Maya speaks Arabic in the Egyptian dialect in the film, masking her true Lebanese identity well. She performs two dramatic songs in the film, and will record the songs for her upcoming album while filming.