Musicians Syndicate, headed by veteran singer Hany Shaker, has issued a new statement, announcing the inauguration of a new division called “Shaabi Performance”, which will be subjected to the Syndicate’s rules.
The members of the new division will get an annual license for performing. However, during the permit period, the Syndicate have the right to cancel the license and not to grant it again if the members fail to adhere to the policies and procedures that they signed in the contract between the involved parties and in accordance with the law.
There is complete coordination between the Syndicate, the Art Syndicates union, headed by director Omar Abdel Aziz, and the Supervision of Artistic, headed by Dr. Khaled Abdel Jalil, to achieve these rules.
The Syndicate also appealed to the Supreme Council for Media Regulation to use the powers conferred upon it by law to not to display anything that was not unauthorized by the Supervision and Syndicate on any of the Egyptian satellite channels and Nilesat channels.
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.
The ban comes in an attempt to preserve the public taste as the songs contain inappropriate lyrics in it.
The Syndicate had also warned all nightclubs, tourist facilities, Nile boats, and cafes from dealing with the Mahraganat performers, and of the consequences for the emergence of legal action in case of violation.
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 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.”
Furthermore, the Syndicate started taking measures against the songs and removing them from “YouTube”, “Anghami” and, “Soundcloud”.