Lebanese singer Dolly tells City Times that she is very confident about her abilities as an artist and so she is not very keen on competing with her contemporaries

By Nihal Kamel

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Published: Fri 22 Apr 2005, 2:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:49 PM

Don't you think your decision to make your first music video has come a bit too late?

No. I prefer taking my own time to make important decisions.

Do you think your Spanish and gypsy look has played a crucial role in your singing career?

Yes of course. I love my look and I like to sing songs that suit my character and my looks.

How did you start singing?

I studied singing in London for five years. When I returned to Lebanon, I took my first step in professional singing, when I sang some Lebanese and Moroccan songs.

Do you think the Moroccan songs that you have sung will help you achieve the right response and recognition?

Yes, I think the songs suit my character and I am confident people will like them.

Do you like French songs?

Well, most Lebanese like French songs. Besides, my desire is to be able to sing for an international audience.

What about competing with the likes of Nancy Ajram and Haifa Wahabi?

I prefer presenting my artistic capabilities rather than competing with other artists.

But you have been criticised for using a lot of exposure in your video?

I think I have presented a lovely song. It has its own style, it is very feminine. I don't think I have shown anything that I need to be ashamed of or anything that is immoral.

Tell us a bit about your personal life.

I am married. I love and respect my husband for giving me the freedom and encouragement since the very beginning, especially when I decided to leave my career in the media and take up singing full-time.

What are your ambitions now?

My aim is to become an internationally recognised star through my songs.

And how do you plan to achieve that?

I am proficient in English and French and they are an added advantage in my international career. Besides I simply love songs in these languages.

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