Interview

Pascale Ojeil, a mesmerizing voice

"My passion for music arose at an early age".
By Joyce Najm
July 22, 2016

From the first notes, her voice seemed like a spell of smoothness and emotion, which takes you into a world filled with love and purity. With her spell binding voice and the looks of a goddess, Pascale Ojeil is an enchantress who's able to arouse all kinds of sensations. With her incomparable voice, she made amazing musical performances, and did a remake of Petru Guelfucci's song "Corsica". Among her aspirations as well as her inspirations, Pascale Ojeil concentrates on her career, her love for Corsica and her passion for music. There's only one thing left to say: remember her voice, but most importantly her name.

 

What is your musical background?

I made my debut in the music industry at the Music Hall, the club which reputation has exceeded our borders. In this same optic, I continued my studies in finance, which eventually became my career as I worked in banking.

Following my time on stage at the Music Hall, I participated in many projects, while remaining faithful to the range which means a lot to me. The world of commercial music has never been what I want nor has it ever inspired me.

 

Why did you choose finance rather than a career in music?

Initially, it was a rather rational decision, it then became a career, and today it's a passion. I have to be passionate about everything I do. I don't think you excel in your field if you don't have passion. I constantly need to be in love with what I do. In addition, one must have a certain flexibility of mind to learn to adapt to the imposed circumstances.

 

Tell us about the song "Corsica".

It's a cover of the polyphonic song by the great artist Petru Guelfucci, which is almost something of a legend in his homeland. After my trip to Corsica, I decided to remake this song, but in my own way, because for me, imitation reduces the credibility and authenticity of the artist.

 

Why did you choose a song for Corsica and in the Corsican language?

I'm in love with France and especially the South. I love to travel and explore very unusual areas. Every year I would go to discover the medieval villages around the South of France. In 2013, I decided to go even further south and explore Corsica by motorbike. The bike allowed me to visit unusual places and reach the coves and creeks. During my short stay, I found little by little that this beautiful island is similar to Lebanon, but in a less chaotic version and I felt a certain melancholy and a great nostalgia. But at no time have I felt disoriented.
I was both jealous and fascinated by the beauty of this island and its very homogenous people.

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