The Musicians’ Syndicate, headed by artist Hani Shaker, responded to the statements of businessman Naguib Sawiris, after describing the union as a “singers’ union”.
And the media spokesman for the union, Tariq Mortada, published a statement in which he said: “Clarification from the Syndicate of Musical Professions, commenting on Brother Naguib Sawiris. First, its name is the Syndicate of Musical Professions, and not the Singers Syndicate, as you know or do not know, so it must be clarified.”
He added: “Secondly, these are not members of the syndicate, and whoever wants to belong to it submits his papers in accordance with the law to pass the exams. Third, the Syndicate of Musical Professions is established by Law 35 of 1978, and membership has conditions and duties, especially commitment to behavior that does not contradict values and morals.
He continued, “The role of the syndicate is to organize what happens in the singing scene, and not to prevent it, provided that it is a member or authorized by the law.
And he said, “Finally, Brother Najib, the union’s money is public money and wasting it is a waste of public money, and you can adopt them all and see them at the upcoming El Gouna Festival.”
In a tweet, Sawiris criticized the decision of “musical professions” to stop festival singers and said: “The first time I see a captain of singers who is very proud of the ban on singing… the audience who decides to hear who and who doesn’t hear who, not the captain!.
Source: “Cairo 24”
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