Controversial Travis Scott concert at Giza Pyramids cancelled by Egyptian Musicians Syndicate

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 18 Jul 2023

The Egyptian Musicians Syndicate, responsible for approving public performances, announced early Tuesday morning that it cancelled Travis Scott's controversial concert at the Giza Pyramids, which was initially scheduled for 28 July.

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Travis Scott performs at Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas in a concert that ended with a tragedy that left ten deaths and dozens of injuries, on 5 November 2021 (File Photo: AP)


“The syndicate president and board have decided to cancel its issued permission for such concerts that contradict the identity of the Egyptian culture,” read a statement published by the syndicate early Tuesday.

"The syndicate is committed to preserving the security and stability of our beloved homeland and rejects any actions that go against its societal values," the statement clarified, in response to social media reports linking the artist with 'strange rituals.'

Travis Scott, an American rapper and record producer, intended to debut his new album 'Utopia' via live stream during his concert at the Giza Pyramids, a historic landmark in Egypt. However, due to a boycott campaign and calls for its cancellation by various social media commentators, the performance was in jeopardy.

Amid numerous circulating posts and thousands of comments, Scott was associated with alleged involvement in 'anti-Egyptian Afrocentrism agendas,' 'satanic rituals,' and actions that were deemed to 'violate societal values.'

Among the numerous influencers who officially requested authorities to cancel the show was lawyer Amr Abdel-Samie, who made several TV and newspaper comments denouncing the hosting of an artist he described as a "masonic, satanic, and devil worshipper with a dark history."

The concert, which received support from the Egyptian Tourism Authority, quickly sold out after tickets became available, with prices ranging between EGP 4,000 and 6,500.

With over 50 million followers on Spotify, Travis Scott is considered a superstar by international news and music magazines. His music has surpassed a billion views on YouTube, and he is especially popular among teens and rap fans in Egypt.

The campaign against the Giza Pyramids' concert is based on real incidents but also includes mixed and illusive allegations at times.

The opposition towards Travis Scott primarily stems from the tragic events that occurred during his performance at the Astroworld festival in his hometown of Houston, Texas, in 2021. Ten young attendees, including children as young as nine and 14, lost their lives, and many others were injured due to 'compression asphyxia,' described as being akin to being crushed by a car by an expert.

In a recent criminal investigation of the deadly crowd surge, a Texas grand jury decided not to indict Scott, eliminating the possibility of potential charges such as murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide.

Mostafa Kamel, a singer-songwriter, and head of the Musicians Syndicate succeeding Hany Shaker, has led the syndicate in implementing a series of regulations in recent months, particularly regarding public performances of rap and mahraganat.

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