Egypt: One year imprisonment for music video

26 June 2015

The Agouza Misdemeanour Court sentenced Sunday the dancer Salma Al-Foly, the director Wael El-Sedik and an assistant to one year in prison for a low-cost production homemade video which they posted on El-Sedik’s private YouTube channel on 18 May 2015. The video has since been viewed over 1.5 million times. …

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Egypt: Three-day conference on theatre and censorship

27 May 2015

Articles and brief reports from a Cairo conference on theatre and censorship which was organised by The National Centre of Theatre, Music and Popular Arts on 23-27 May 2015. “The discussion proved to be intense and emotional from the beginning, illustrating how hard it is to discuss a complex issue …

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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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