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.
The spokesman for the syndicate, Tariq Murtada confirmed in a press statement that the ban decision includes Mohamed Ramadan and that the syndicate will not grant him permission to sing again.
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.
He continued: “Ramadan in his last concert held in Egypt, did not abide by the pledge he took in the Syndicate to abide by morals, general rules, and respectable clothing,”
Shaker stated that he made this pledge voluntarily and for Ramadan’s interest and for the interest of the general form of art, pointing out that it was not his job, but is the job of the Censorship of Works of Art (CACWA).
He continued: “Ramadan did not adhere to his obligation at the concert; he came on stage wearing something different, appearing in sheer chiffon shirt and naked."
In the interview, Shaker pointed out that the ban decision applies to all Mahraganat singers including, Oka W Ortega.
"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 Mahraganat 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.
Furthermore, the Syndicate had issued a press release warning 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.”
Meanwhile, Ramadan's ban decision came after it was decided to cancel his performance at the Egyptian Super Cup derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek.
The Red Devils are set to clash against the White Knights on Thursday Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in UAE.