The Syndicate of Musicians decided to suspend the Egyptian singer, Sherine Abdel Wahab after sparking controversy with her comments, once again. In a statement issued on the 21st of Match, the syndicate announced that the singer is not allowed to sing in Egypt after insulting her home country in one of her concerts.
Sherine Abdel Wahab is now being charged with damaging Egypt’s national security as a result of what has allegedly happened in her concert in Baharin as she reportedly addressed the audience saying “I can talk here with complete freedom, in Egypt anyone who talks freely is going to be jailed’’
It’s been said that lawyer Samir Sabry was the first to file report against the singer for insulting the country, spreading false news, and inviting suspicious human rights organizations to interfere in Egypt’s affairs which led to her suspension from performing until the investigations are done.
Hany Shaker, the syndicate’s chairman, said in an interview with Al-Nahar that the suspension came after several complaints against the singer. He further added that he personally advised Abdel Wahab to stop telling jokes on stage to avoid getting into trouble.
“Sherine’s last mistake–making fun of the Nile River–was a big one, and here is another catastrophe. Her statement angered Bahrainis more than Egyptians themselves, because they love Egypt,” Shaker added.
Sherine released a statement to defend herself. According to Youm7, the singer urged her fans not to listen to the rumors. She also stressed on the fact that the charges that are pressed against her are based on hear-say and there are no footages or recordings to document the incident.
This is not the first time Sherine goes into trouble. The singer was banned from singing for her River Nile joke before. She also had issues with Sherif Mounir, who happens to be her neighbour, and Amr Diab.