Lebanese mega star Nancy Ajram's upcoming concert will be in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, she announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday.
The Ajram's concert organisers reveal that prices of tickets vary between LE 200 and LE 700 (USD 30-100).
The news quickly went viral: within 24 hours, the information was retweeted 250 times and favorited almost 1000 times.
Ajram will perform during the opening of the 12th Alexandria International Song Festival at the Sayed Darwish Theatre (Alexandria Opera House). Though held at the theatre operated by the Cairo Opera, the event is not managed by the institution.
Beloved by many fans across the Arab World, Ajram has has large followings on social media, with over seven million followers on Twitter and over 17.5 million members on her Facebook page. Born in 1983 in Beirut, Nancy Ajram is one of the most popular artists of the Arab region.
Coming from a family strongly supporting her artistic path, she launched her career at the age of 15, yet her major breakthrough came with a single, Akhasmak Ah, that was included in her 3rd studio album titled Ya Salam (2006). In no time Ajram has become the Arab World's multi-platinum recording artist. Until now she has released eight studio albums and nine live albums.
Two of her albums include songs that are fully dedicated to children, with Shakhbat Shakhabit (Scribbled Doodles) being the top selling one. In her career, Ajram garnered several top awards and recognitions, including Best Female Arab Singer of the year during 2004 Arabian Music Awards (Dubai), Most Influential Arab Personalities (Newsweek, Kuwait), Certificate from the Pope of Rome, World's Best-Selling Middle-Eastern Artist at the 2008 World Music Awards (Monaco), along numerous awards for best female Arab singer.
Nancy Ajram comes to Egypt shortly after her name was dragged into a controversy steered by head of Egyptian Musicians Syndicate Hany Shaker, when he announced imposing a dress code for female singers performing in Egypt.
Syndicate's board member Nadia Mostafa recently said that the Lebanese singer is "wearing partially revealing clothes yet maintaining a respectable appearance."
Though Shaker's decision found some sympathisers, it was generally ridiculed by many members of Egypt's artistic community.
Programme: Thursday 15 October, 7pm Sayed Darwish Theatre, 22, El Horreya Road, Alexandria
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