The band Elawela Balady posted on its Facebook page that they were informed by the Ministry of State of Antiquities to cancel a concert they had scheduled on 24 January 2016 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, reported The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.
The cancellation comes despite the fact that the band already had approval from the Ministry of Culture and its Cultural Development Fund to hold the concert in Cairo’s Prince Taz Palace.
The band attempted to reach out to the ministry to hold the concert in other venues, but was not able to do so due to “security reasons”.
Elawela Balady was formed after the revolution five years ago with the scope of using their music to contribute to political and social awareness, and to continue in the vein of composer and singer Sheikh Imam Eissa who wrote and played songs in favour of the poor and working classes.
» The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information – 21 January 2016:
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» Artsfreedom.org – 31 December 2015:
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