In recent days, many musicians have gathered in the syndicate’s headquarters in Cairo to voice their support for Shaker and dissuade him from leaving his post, according to a statement by the board.
Furthermore, members of the syndicate’s general assembly from various governorates have also requested that an investigation be opened regarding what they described as “inappropriate incidents” that occurred at last week’s press conference, demanding the suspension of whoever caused the syndicate’s head to submit his resignation, it added.
Shaker, 69, who announced his resignation live on a prime-time talk-show, explained in his official resignation letter that he “prefers to choose love, friendship, and respect instead of rivalry and disputes,” confirming that his decision is “irreversible.”
The resigning president’s decision came in the wake of the failure of a press conference in which Maharaganat star Hassan Shakoosh was supposed to reclaim his syndicate’s affiliate-membership.
Shakoosk of smash-hit Bent El-Giran attended the conference to apologise for his comments last summer, which were deemed humiliating to percussionists, earning him a suspension from live singing.
Consequently, arguments erupted at the conference led by renowned percussionist Said El-Artist, who protested that Shakoosh already reclaimed his membership before the apology and the conference, demanding Shaker resign from his post.
Due to several challenges faced by the syndicate, the Egyptian artistic scene is split in terms of opinions on Shaker’s presidency of the syndicate.
Shaker was first elected as the syndicate’s president in 2015, before winning another term in 2019.