Egypt: Giza Pyramids Eid Concerts Take Place But With No Fans

Published May 28th, 2020 - 11:01 GMT
The Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo is pictured empty on March 25, 2020 after the site closed to the general public as a protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
The Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo is pictured empty on March 25, 2020 after the site closed to the general public as a protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Egypt’s United Company for Media Services organized a number of fan-less concerts during Eid al-Fitr near the Giza Pyramids to help mitigate the effects of the lockdown imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Famous Egyptian stars, such as Angham, Tamer Hosni, Hamid el-Shaery, Hisham Abbas, Medhat Saleh, Alaa Abdel-Khaleq and Hanan recorded their concerts during the holy month of Ramadan at the Sound and Light Theater at the Great Pyramids of Giza and al-Azhar Park.

Egyptian artist Hisham Abbas told Asharq Al-Awsat that when the Company first approached him with the idea, he instantly agreed and did not hesitate in participating.


“We are all living in exceptional days because of the pandemic and we must all stand together to overcome them. My role as an artist is to bring joy to the people,” he said.

He explained that filming the concerts was carried out amid strict precautions where everyone adhered to the measures by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The artist pointed out that during rehearsals before the actual filming, he used the least possible number of musicians to avoid crowding on the stage.

Since “Sham Ennessim” festival, various artists in Egypt have been holding concerts without an audience.

Maestro Hani Farhat, who leads Angham’s music band, revealed that the singer has a large number of surprises for her Egyptian and Arab fans.

Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat, Farhat said that Angham performed a number of her famous songs, including: “Yaretak Fahemni” and “Akteblak Taahod”, and a number of songs from her latest album “Hala Khasa Gedan”. Fans on social media requested a number of songs which she included in her setlist.

The Eid concerts began with a performance by Tamer Hosni who sang 12 of his most famous songs. He surprised his fans with a new music video, “Wa enta Maayia”, which was postponed for two years for remixing after it was recorded with Algerian artist Cheb Khaled.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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