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Hologram concert to revive Abdel-Halim Hafez alongside Carol Samaha

The concert will be the first in Egypt to feature the Hologram technology, according to the organisers

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Apr 2019
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Concert for Carole Samaha will bring a hologram of late iconic singer Abdelhalim Hafez to Cairo stage (Photo: part of promotional material)
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A concert by Lebanese singer Carol Samaha will feature a hologram of the late Egyptian singer Abdel-Halim Hafez on 19 April at Manara Hall in New Cairo.

Titled Helm (Dream), this will be the first hologram concert to be held in Egypt, and the first in the world to feature Abdel-Halim Hafez.

The concert comes close to the 42nd anniversary of the death of the iconic singer and actor who died on 30 March 1977, one year after his last performance.

Samaha has commented on her decision to share the stage with Abdel-Halim Hafez’s hologram, saying that he is one of the artists who have been greatly missed since they died.

The accompanying live orchestra of 70 musicians will be conducted by George Kalta.

However, Mohamed Shabana, Hafez’s nephew, has claimed the organisers did not get the approval of the late singer's heirs. The organising company Sky Productions has since issued a response saying it is collaborating with Mazzika company, which holds the rights for Hafez's music.

Earlier this week, Samaha won the prestigious Murx D’or prize for best Lebanese Singer and Show Star in 2018.

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