Shireen’s dilemma ends

Published March 5th, 2007 - 09:52 GMT

In a period of only two days the ongoing saga of Shireen Abdul Wahab with her former producer Nasr Mahrous  and the Egyptian Musician Association has finally ended. The singer had faced numerous lawsuits against her over the past year.


Shireen had brutally answered back attacking the association on live TV through one of the entertainment programs leading prominent Egyptian singer Hani Shaker to interfere and insist that the disputes are put to an end. Hani had appeared with Shireen on the same show on a different date and she announced that she holds no grudges against Nasr of the Association and her previous outbreak was a result of an over reaction.


According to the London based Elaph, Hani assured that Shireen has made amends with head of the Association, Hassan Abu Al Soud, and she will be paying the debt she owes the association, which is approximately 300 thousand Egyptian pounds.


The singer will make the payment either directly or through a special performance in which proceeds will go directly to the association.


With regards to her disputes with her former producer and business manager Nasr, both parties have agreed to end them by her paying him 2.5 million Egyptian pounds. With this dilemma ending, the singer is now free to join any production company of her choice.


It expected that she will receive numerous offers from different companies mainly due to the fact that she is the number one artist in Egypt in terms of record sales. The two main companies that Shireen will be choosing from are most likely to be Rotana and Melody.


The singer is more likely to go for Rotana since it is capable of paying off all her debts.


Sherine had been paying a high price for her previous decision to challenge the Association and Nasr.


Shireen described the Association’s previous decision to ban her as “worse than death” and she could not go on in such a position, fearing it would destroy her career.

Recently, head of the Association, Hassan, sent a fierce warning to Shireen to stop performing.


Shireen had opposed the decision to ban her from singing in Egypt and began perpetrating as a guest at entertainment events, giving performances after the audience repeatedly requested her to do so.


The Association warned Shireen that if she continued performing legal action would be taken against her.

Shireen was banned from performing in Egypt after Abu Soud announced the decision at a recent board of directors meeting.  The decision was sent to all institutions and companies that specialize in audio and visual entertainment in Egypt and abroad, including concert sponsors.

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