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Rania Youssef, Eman Elassi React to Mahraganat Ban Decision

Thu 20 Feb 2020 | 02:20 PM
Yara Sameh

Egyptian actresses Rania Youssef and Eman Elassi put their weight behind the Musicians Syndicate, headed by veteran singer Hany Shaker Mahraganat ban decision.

Youssef posted a video of herself on Instagram which showed her in a short black and white dress while dancing to mahragan song "bent el geran".

Elassi, soon followed as she posted a video of herself from her new TV series "Mamlakat Iblis" on Instagram, which played the song.

This comes after the Musicians Syndicate, headed by veteran singer Hany Shaker, has issued a decree banning 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.”