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Hamo Beka to Hany Shaker: “We Will Not Stop Singing”

Tue 18 Feb 2020 | 12:07 PM
Yara Sameh

Mahragan singer, Hamo Beka, announced on Facebook that he will release soon a new mahragan song titled "Be careful from Coronavirus", in clear defiance to Musicians Syndicate ban decision.

The song is by Beka and Maisara, and by the lyrics of Al-Fajer.

The performer also sent a public video message, saying: "We have done many mahraganat, and made many people happy, and we did not make anyone upset with us."

He continued: “Things were going well, I do not know what happened and what changed things and turned them upside down, what did we do?”

Beka remarked that their songs are being played worldwide, and pointed out that the Syndicate has prevented them from performing all their concerts and work, as well as drive them away from the people who love them.

He pointed out that the profession of mahraganat employs about 400,000 people.

Beka had announced recently in a phone interview that he has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease – which causes inflammation of digestive tract that can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition.

He revealed that he receives an injection worth of EGP 100,000 per month as treatment.

This comes after the Musicians Syndicate, headed by veteran singer Hany Shaker, has issued a decree banning actor Mohamed Ramadan and Mahraganat singers (electronic-folk) from singing or holding concerts.

Furthermore, Shaker revealed in a phone interview with prominent TV host Ahmed Mousa that the Mahragant singers will no longer be working in Egypt, nor will they be able to obtain a license to perform anywhere.

“This type of genre does not represent Egypt, which is based on promiscuous and immoral lyrics, and that is completely prohibited, as such, the door is closed on it,” Shaker added, “we want real art.”

The decision comes after an incident at a Valentine’s Day concert performed by singer Hassan Shakoush held in Cairo Stadium, during which he sang the lyrics “I drink alcohol and smoke hashish”, which was considered as a violation to principles of the Egyptian society.

The Syndicate had also issued a warning to all nightclubs, tourist facilities, Nile boats, and cafes of any engagement with the Mahraganat performers, and the consequences for the emergence of legal action in case of violation.”