Egyptian indie singer and songwriter Rania Shaalan dies at 53

Eslam Omar , Sunday 22 Jan 2023

Egyptian indie singer and songwriter Rania Shaalan passed away Sunday morning at the age of 53, after a long struggle with cancer.

Rania Shaalan


Rania Shalaan proved her talents by composing for legendary poets like Salah Jaheen and Ahmed Fouad Negm as well as with her stand-alone performances in several venues, including regular appearances the Cairo Opera House.

With her folk guitar and dreamy voice – sometimes accompanied by bigger bands and dance performances – she gave dozens of successful concerts.

She wrote dozens of American country-flavoured songs for herself, tackling daily challenges as well as social and political topics in a very positive approach that usually reflected satisfaction with destiny despite pain.

Born on 7 February 1970, Rania Shaalan is known for songs like Bahlam, Enta Fein, El-Ayam, Mana, Ayob, El-Bondoeya, Khayal El-Maata, Aheb Aeish and many other sing-along songs.

Influencing many musicians, Rania Shalaan gained fame in the alternative music scene in the 2000s, collaborating with many well-known musicians including Grammy Award winner Fathy Salama, as well as some of the most prominent stars of the underground scene at the time like Cairokee’s Amir Eid, Sharmoofers Ahmed Bahaa, Dina El-Wedidi and many others.

Also a skillful sculptor, Rania Shalaan graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University in 1997 and participated in many international art exhibitions in Egypt and abroad.

She is the daughter of late Egyptian pioneering psychologist Dr. Mohamed Shaalan.

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