Hakim refuses to sing for Lebanon
As his means of paving the way for his upcoming concert at the prestigious Carthage Festival in Tunisia, Egyptian folk singer Hakim will be holding a press conference organized by the festival’s administration.
Hakim holds a special bond with Tunisia especially since it is the first country that hosted him when he became a singer and ever since he had not stopped taking part in different festivals.
According to the London based Elaph, Hakim revealed that he intends on lessening the pains and suffering of people with this concert. He intends on doing so by having people forget their everyday worries and removing them from the depression atmosphere they have been living in, especially with the current situation in the region.
Hakim revealed that he has prepared a special song dedicated to Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq under the title “RIsalah” (A Message), but is still hesitant about singing it at the Carthage Festival, because as he says his goal is to bring joy to people not to make them cry, which is what will happen if he sings the special song.
On a different note, Hakim has justified his long absence from the spotlight in the past couple of months as his way of taking time off to relax and rediscover himself, especially after the failure of his last film “Ali Spicy”.
Hakim revealed that since the beginning of his career he has proven to be extremely successful in presenting folk songs that portray the true Egyptian culture.
The singer noted that he is in the process of preparing for his upcoming album and has cooperated with a number of prominent poets, composers and music distributors, implying that the new album will be a major surprise to all his fans.
Hakim has reached an agreement with a female and male Latin American singers to present two different duets one in English and the second in Spanish.
Hakim had attributed the failure of his first film “Ali Spicy” to the ‘cinema mafia,’ who, he claims, purposely removed his film from movie theatres throughout Egypt.
The film, produced by the Arab Company for Production and Distribution, played only briefly at select theaters, and reportedly did not generate more that 250 thousand Egyptian pounds.
The singer stated that since his film was not produced by one of the major companies it was treated in an unfair manner, although despite this treatment, the film was able to achieve some success in the short time it was screened.
Film critics described Hakim’s acting as poor, but took into consideration that it was his first film.
“Ali Spicy” tells the story of Ali, a medical student and singer who attempts to heal his patents with music.