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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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Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy Wins Two Awards From the Australian Cinematography Society

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Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy has won two prestigious awards from the Australian Cinematography Society (ACS) and with that, marking his third win in a row and bringing his total number of awards to nine since he joined as a member back in 2017.

Al-Morsy received the Golden Award of Corporate Branding and Advertising for his video “Same Great Feelings,” which he also directed for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt. He also won the Silver Award of John Bowring for Breaks and Promos for the Egyptian TV Channel Identity, where he used Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

This win brings his total number of both international and regional awards to 22! An honorable achievement that he managed to do in the past 10 years.

These awards were granted for a number of his work including: Messages From The Sea (2010), The Party (2013), The Blue Elephant (2014), The Originals (2017), Diamond Dust (2018), and Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers, which generated more than EGP 102 million, making it the highest grossing film in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Al Morsy is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).

His latest work is the movie Al Aref: Awdat Younis, directed by Ahmad Alaa Aldeeb and starring Ahmed Ezz, the movie will release soon in cinemas.

 

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Bassem Youssef is Making His Comeback to Arabic TV

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Comedian Bassem Youssef is making a comeback to the Arab television very soon with the newly launched channel ‘Al-Sharq News,’ which is owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG).

This time, Bassem Youssef isn’t making his return as the sarcastic, witty presenter we got used to but instead, he will rely on his medical experience to advise and guide the audience on the benefits of plant-based diets for health.

More details are yet to be announced soon about the programme, but what we know is that the channel will also feature programmes hosted by Moataz Al-Demerdash, Zina Al-Yazji, Rasha Al-Khatib, Saad Zaghloul and Muhammad Fathy. All of which are part of its plan in becoming a new multi-platform Arabic news service. 

The channel will combine its content with the latest technical features that are used for the very first time in the region.

We can’t wait for Youssef’s comeback and are eager to see the promising work of the channel.

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Egyptian Short Film ‘Yellow’ Wins Best Cut Award at Cinefem Festival Internacional

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The Egyptian independent short film entitled ‘Yellow’ won the best cut award at Cinefem Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer that was held in Uruguay.

The festival was held on November 2nd in Uruguay and ‘Yellow’ was the only Arab film submitted in the festival, it stars the talented Passant Shawky and is directed by Mahitab Ayoub.

 

The movie, which is written by Rawiah Ismail Abdallah, tells the story of a woman who takes care of her father. It follows her struggle in looking after him, especially that he suffers from Alzheimer and is at a severe stage, at which he can’t remember his own daughter. She does everything in her power to remind him of all the things they shared together.

“For a subtle approach to a relentless disease, for a portrait that at the moment reaches amazing maturity, not exempt from fine humor and an endearing character.” The credits for the movie said.

Also worth mentioning is that the movie was shot in only one day! Something that required too much work and planning, but the results were completely worth it.

“Yellow” first premiered in Malmo Arab Film Festival last October, and will be screened in Cairo International Film Festival in December.

 

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