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Head of Musicians Syndicate denies cancellation of Hamza Namira's membership

Egyptian musician Hamza Namira finds himself at the centre of a new controversy when his name was reportedly removed from the Musicians Syndicate members' list

Sarah Neamatallah , Sunday 22 Feb 2015
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Hamza Namira (Photo: Courtesy of Hamza Namira official Facebook page)
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Mostafa Kamel, head of the Musicians Syndicate, has denied banning Egyptian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hamza Namira from the syndicate.

Kamel claimed that some members of the syndicate have forged his signature to produce documents alleging Namira was barred from the union.

Having a very large base of followers – 4.5 million on Facebook and 2.5 million on Twitter – Namira is considered one of the Egypt’s most prominent artists.

Born in 1980 and hailed as Sayed Darwish's prodigy, Namira is known for songs that touch on social and humanitarian issues.

The 34-year-old played an active role in supporting the 25 January revolution.

He remained vocal against repression of all protesters in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, reportedly opposing the dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-in in Rabaa square.

Namira's political stances led some opponents of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to accuse him of secretly belonging to the group.

In December 2014, the controversial singer released his new album "Esma'ni" in stores and online platforms in parallel. This album came three weeks after the news broke about Namira being dropped from the playlists at Egyptian state radio stations.

On his Facebook page, Kamel said that no musician can be barred from the syndicate without a proper inquiry.

"The syndicate’s secretary has issued statements in my name without my consent. I have just had an operation on my eye, and when I am well again this issue will be resolved,” Kamel writes.

Kamel, a well-known songwriter, authored the 2013 popular hit Teslam Al-Ayadi which salutes the Egyptian Army. 

 

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