Egypt: Authorities refuse to grant visa to Palestinian singer

8 May 2015

In February 2015, the Egyptian authorities refused to grant the Palestinian singer Rim Banna a visa to enter the country, when the artist was planning to give a concert, reported Tahrir News. According to Rim Banna’s comments on her Facebook page this was the second time she was refused an …

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Egypt: Musicians Union bans singer from performing

23 April 2015

The outspoken Egyptian actress, singer, belly dancer and television personality Sama Al Masri has been banned from singing in Egypt by the country’s Musicians Union. The board of the Musicians Union, chaired by Union President Mostafa Kamel, decided unanimously to cancel the work authorisation of the ‘show-singer’ Sama Al Masri …

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A brush too far? Six art pieces that stirred controversy in Africa

22 April 2015

“A selection of bold, daring and provocative art makes up this list of six art pieces from around the continent. In one way or another, they challenged the communities they appeared in. Sometimes the artwork offended people’s political sensibilities, sometimes it challenged people’s sense of African social norms and customs. …

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Egypt: Hurghada music festival cancelled

22 April 2015

Citing “security reasons”, the Spring Hurghada Island 2015 Festival was cancelled by security authorities in the Red Sea governorate. The festival was scheduled to be held on Sunday 12 April 2015. The cancellation followed shortly after a death sentence had been issued against Mohamed Badie, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, …

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Egypt: Singer banned ‘temporarily’ from performing his songs

26 March 2015

Singer Hamza Namera is being investigated by the Musicians Union which as issued a ‘temporary’ resolution to ban him from singing. Hamza Namera is an Egyptian singer, who was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia until the age of 12 when his parents returned to Alexandria, Egypt. In 2011, …

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Egypt: Composer arrested and singer escaped

24 March 2015

On Friday 13 March 2015, two hours after a song called ‘Egypt is Narrow’, (‘Masr ya Dayka’) had been broadcasted on the tv channel Al Sharq, the composer of the song, Ahmed Al Basher, was arrested, and the singer, Ali Al Hendawi, was allegedly being chased by police. The song …

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Egypt: Premiere performance deemed ‘inappropriate’ and cancelled

18 March 2015

Freemuse received the following press release from Sondos Shabayek on 17 March 2015: State theatres belong to the people, not the State Hanager Theatre has blocked the premiere performance of ‘500s’ on 15 and 16 March 2015. The manager of the Hanager Theatre, Dr Amany Youssef, prevented the premiere performance …

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Egypt: Documentary with censored artists

16 March 2015

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression recently released a documentary exploring freedom of creativity in Egypt by interviewing the artists that have been subjected to governmental censorship. Artistic expression in Egypt is one of the most tightly controlled forms of expression. It was so before the January 2011 …

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