Former singer turned extremist Fadel Shaker returns to pop music in Egyptian Ramadan series intro

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 May 2018

Fadel Shaker
In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 photo, a Lebanese pop idol Fadel Shaker, delivers a sermon in support of Syrian rebel fighters and Syrian refugees, after the Friday prayer, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP)

Former Lebanese pop star-turned-Islamist Fadel Shaker is set to re-emerge in Egypt's music scene, singing the series intro in an upcoming Ramadan series this May.

49 year old Shaker announced the news on his official Twitter account, giving more details about the series' name and producers.

"We're Tired of Acting… is a song that I have sung for an Egyptian series [We have Another Say] which will be broadcasted in Ramadan," Shaker said. 

Shaker, one of the most influential pop singers across the MENA region, had several music hits until 2011, when he renounced the scene and became a sympathiser for Lebanese Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir.

In June 2013, around 18 soldiers and 40 militants were killed in clashes between Al-Assir's group and the Lebanese army in Sidon.

Shaker was handed a five year prison term in February 2016 in absentia by Lebanon's Military Tribunal, yet it remains unclear whether the former singer participated in the battle with the Lebanese army.

Al-Assir was handed a death sentence for inciting the deadly 2013 attacks. 

The firebrand sheikh was accused of insulting the Lebanese army and inciting rebellion, charges he has repeatedly refuted.

According to media reports at the time, Shaker refused to turn himself in to authorities, concealing himself in a refugee camp outside Lebanese authorities' control.

He has since appeared on Saudi Arabia's Al-Arabiya TV channel, clean shaven, expressing views that he wants to live a "normal life." In March 2016, he appeared again saying he was seeking to be a religious chanter. 

Shaker has denied charges that he participated in Sidon's clashes, and said that his relationship with Al-Assir has deteriorated in recent years.

Egypt's upcoming series, We Have Another Say, is produced by Egyptian media production giant Al-Adl Group, who confirmed news of Shaker's comeback on their official Facebook account. 

The series' intro is composed by well known Egyptian composer Amr Mostafa. It is written by Egyptian screenwriter  Medhat El-Hadl, one of the key heads of Al-Adl Group. 

The show stars prominent Egyptian actors Yousra, Shereen Reda, Ahmed Hatem, and others.

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