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Mahraganat Verdict Revealed

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The Egyptian culture is quite used to having Mahraganat music as a part of their daily ritual. People hold on to this music so dearly because, believe it or not, Mahraganat music is the first original thing the Egyptians have created ever since the good old days of Oum Kalthoum and other ancestral infamous music figures.

Previously, the Egyptian Music Syndicate has been discussing banning any mahraganat music to ever be played, even at concerts due to an embarrassing moment that had occurred when a Shaaby singer Hassan Shakoosh played a song that had vulgar words in front of important Egyptian officials at a stadium.

Ever since, Mahragant and anything related to this genre, was going to be banned for good due to its disrespectful usage of words as well as the bad influence they tend to have on the public, especially Mohamad Ramadan.

Which is why, we are happy to announce, that the Egyptian Musician Syndicate has declared and reached a verdict on Mahraganat. With that said, the nation’s musical obsession is allowed to proceed but under super strict supervision from the Syndicate. Fair enough!

Following the syndicates recent decision on banning Mahragant all over Egypt, we can tell you that people and fans of such genre were left quite unhappy, even angry, since it has become a popular type of music. Now, with the new regulations being set into motion, the Mahraganat performers are allowed to legally perform their songs for the time span of a year by being granted a year-long license, as long as they put into consideration public morality in their lyrics as well as public performances so as not to have a negative impact on the people.

Abiding by this agreement, Mahraganat performers are not allowed to sing their songs anywhere that the syndicate has not agreed to. Aside from that, prior to Mahragant performers attaining their license, they are asked to perform for the department’s listening committee who will only then decide whether they could be granted the license or not.

Mahraganat music is not meant to offend people or the public, on the contrary, it is acting as a cultural movement ever since the beginning. Yes, it has a lot of auto tune, heavy electronic elements, and Zar rhythms, but for some reason, people love it. Which is why the ultimatum is quite fair to a certain extent. If something is having a terrible influence on the entire nation, we must monitor it carefully.

How happy are you guys with the final verdict?

 

 

 

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Adonis Releases Their 5th Studio Album ‘A’DA’

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Lebanese indie-pop favorites, Adonis , complete the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘A’da’ (Enemies), with part three out now across all streaming platforms.

Part one and two of the release saw the group trending across Lebanon with live stream performances of their new work to delighted fans.

The final segment of the album, introduces  “Tabi’yi” , a fast-paced pop-rock anthem with hard-hitting drums and catchy guitar riffs, while “Jeet Kermalak”, a delicate ballad,  showcases a traditional middle eastern instrument, the Qanun, beautifully orchestrated alongside the smooth, soothing vocals of guest singer-songwriter, Dana Hourani.

“A’da” is described by the band as a love story between two young, impressionable characters, that unravels through the album tackling themes of nostalgia and lost futures, in an elusive, sometimes cruel, present.

Speaking about the album, lead singer-songwriter Anthony Khoury shared “each part of A’da not only explores a specific time in the characters relationship – how they grew together or apart – but also represents significant times that deeply influenced our songwriting and development over the years.

 

We celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, so we’re really excited to share an album we feel demonstrates who we are today, and explores the experiences that have shaped us as a band in Beirut.”

Artwork stills  from ‘Mouharrami”  and Moukhtalef lyric videos. Illustration  by Anthony Khoury, animation by Kook.

 

Released at the end of January, “Mouharrami” was a tone-setter for a new musical direction taken by the four musicians, with heavy 80s and 90s dance music influences weaving their way through the lively opening track.

Title track “A’da”, meanwhile, was accompanied by an intricately illustrated music video, which follows the band members as four retro video game characters, navigating through a dystopian Beirut in search of their stolen hearts.

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The video was directed and illustrated by Omar Khouri, with art direction by the band’s long-time collaborator Nadim Hobeika.

Filled with downbeats of raging bass drums, shimmering guitar lines and sweeping synthesizers, this three-part album is complimented by the band’s signature Arabic lyrics, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant,  and always  a point of reference for their expanding fan base across the region.

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“A’da” was produced by Sleiman Damien, between the months of August and November 2020, in an improvised studio in the seaside town of Batroun, where the band relocated just days after the August 4 Beirut Port explosion. “Tabi’yi” showcases a live performance music video shot in the same traditionally Lebanese setting.

 

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During release weekend, Anthony Khoury, Adonis’ lead singer, also performed an exclusive stripped down set featuring vocals and piano as part of Embrace Lebanon’s initiative “Music for Mental Health”,  where he showcased Tabi’yi as a message of hope for those struggling through unprecedented times.

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The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually

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According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.

The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.

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Catch The Arab Premiere For Short Movie Henet Ward During Cairo Film Festival

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Egypt’s short movie ‘Henet Ward’ will have its MENA premiere at Cairo Film Festival, where it will compete with other movies.

The movie has participated in more than 95 international festivals around the world in (50 different countries) including 20 festivals that qualify for the Oscar and BAFTA and the film has won 12 international awards since its world premiere in the official competition of the “Clermont Ferrand International Festival” in France.

The movie is directed by Murad Mostafa and will be competing in the Cairo Film Festival.

Henet Ward tackles the life of “Halima”, a Sudanese henna painter living in Egypt. She goes to one of Giza’s local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding and her 7 years old daughter “Ward” accompanies her and starts to wander around and discover the place.

The movie also stars Emad Goniem, Halima, and Hagar Mahmoud, among others.

The following are the screening times for the movie:

Arab premiere
Sunday December 6th | 3:30 PM | Hanager cinema hall in the Egyptian Opera House

Playback
Monday, December 7th | 1:00 PM | Odeon 2 cinema downtown

Share with us what you think of the movie when you catch the premiere!

 

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