Veteran singer Hany Shaker has resigned from his post as Head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.
The acclaimed singer affirmed in televised remarks that he will not backtrack from his decision.
This comes after an altercation took place Monday morning between Said Al-Artest, chief percussionist, and the Syndicate board, at its press conference after he objected to granting the Syndicate membership to Hassan Shakoush.
The Syndicate retorted that it was his right to receive it after he apologized.
Accusations were exchanged between the parties which led to an escalation of shouts and for Shaker to withdraw from the conference, which made Shakoush withdraw as well.
Nadia Mostafa, a member of the board of Musicians’ Syndicate, stated that Shaker did not agree with Shakoush’s return.
In September 2021, Shakoush has appealed to Shaker to reduce the penalty imposed on him after exchanging insults with singer Reda al-Bahrawy.
The quarrel began at a North Coast concert when Shakoush asked members of Bahrawy’s band to leave the stage so he could begin performing. Not all of them obliged.
The fight continued later on social media, with both hurling insults at each other, which led to their punishment.
The dispute was widely circulated on social media and prompted an investigation.
Shaker and the board unanimously decided to withdraw the singing license from Shakoush permanently without a specified period, in addition to suspending Bahrawy for two months. Bahrawy will be bearing the wages of his band during the suspension period.
Shakoush said that he will face great losses as a result of contracts for many concerts over the coming months inside and outside Egypt.
In 2020, Egypt’s Syndicate banned Mahraganat artists from performing publicly due to the offensive and vulgar language used in the music. It also deemed their songs unworthy of Egypt’s artistic productions.