Egyptian rap to enter new phase under Musicians Syndicate’s regulations

Ahram Online , Monday 31 Oct 2022

Egyptian Musicians’ Syndicate newly-elected President Mostafa Kamel has called on all rappers to show up at the union’s headquarters in Cairo to sign the new pledge announced by Mahraganat singers during a conference held last week.

Marwan Pablo- Afroto


A similar conference is expected to be held later on Monday as a few rappers have already headed to the syndicate to sign the pledge.

On Sunday, Kamel’s board also announced fines for the two of the most known rappers in Egypt; Afroto (EGP 100,000) and Marwan Pablo (EGP 50,000).

Last week Afroto performed a concert using backing tracks which violates the union’s decision that obliges all vocal performers to be accompanied by a band that consists of a minimum of twelve authorised musicians.

Marwan Pablo was fined for “offending the audience” in an incident during his last live performance. After failing to synchronise with a band of live musicians, Pablo stopped singing, threw the microphone on the floor, yelled at the band and left the stage in fury.

The incident caused the performer to trend on social media, drawing backlash from some listeners as well as among experienced musicians.

Afroto and Pablo are two of many rappers, like Wegz, Marwan Moussa, Abyusif, Shayn, El-Joker and others, who dominate Egypt’s listens on Spotify specifically, as well as being among the top on other streaming platforms like YouTube, Anghami and iTunes.

The new rules that will be applied to rap singers stipulate that they should make sure that the lyrics of their songs do not "contradict Egyptian values and ethics.” They also have to obtain permission from the Ministry of Culture’s Central Authority for the Censorship of Works of Art.

Will Egyptian rappers be able to fulfill the syndicate’s new regulations? The upcoming days will show.

Read more all details about the new regulations announced by Kamel for rap and Mahraganat singers last week here.


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