“The Cairo Opera House has decided to postpone my Cairo and Alexandria concerts indefinitely, after I was banned, at Cairo Airport, to enter beloved Egypt for reasons I still don’t know,” stated Barghouti on Monday through social media in an emotional post that received thousands of interactions.
Both concerts were organized by the Egyptian Culture Ministry and most of their tickets have already been sold-out out.
The first performance was supposed to be at the Cairo Opera House on Thursday 4 August, two days before the second concert at the Roman Amphitheatre in Alexandria on Saturday 6 August as part of the Summer Festival for Music and Singing.
The young singer-songwriter was supposed to perform her repertoire that consists of patriotic originals and traditional Palestinian covers.
She was supposed to be accompanied by conductor Ahmed Ashraf’s orchestra to sing some of the successful songs from her first original album Nai 1, which was released earlier this year. The performance was expected to include songs such as Mum, Sing to the Wind, Granada Calling, Granada Medly, Haramt Aghani, Min Guwaya, and Yimken Habbeit.
Known for her activism and support for the Palestinian cause, Barghouti released a music video in May titled Nasheed El-Ard (Anthem of the Land), dedicated to the memory of Shireen Abu Akleh, marking the 74th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba.
Born in Ramallah in 1996, the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music graduate is known for merging Arab traditional scales with Western classical and jazz harmony in her arrangements, proving her excellent talents since she launched her career in 2011.
Performing at a few important venues across the globe, Barghouti won the Royal Concertgebouw’s Young Talent Award in Amsterdam in 2020.