Nope: Egyptian Officials Revoke License for Travis Scott’s Pyramid Of Giza Concert
Fans who anticipated attending rapper Travis Scott’s project in Egypt will have to find other plans.
The Egyptian Syndicate of Musical Professions, a local group responsible for approving concert permits, has denied Scott a license to perform at the Pyramids of Giza, Fader reports.
In a statement, the syndicate claimed the rapper’s concert performances go against the country’s mandate of conserving traditional Egyptian culture, and alleged unspecified “rituals” at Scott’s concerts. “Based on research and documented information about strange rituals at Travis’s concerts that are inconsistent with our authentic societal values and traditions, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the license issued to hold this type of concert that contradicts the cultural identity of the Egyptian people,” read a statement from the syndicate.
The “ritual” may refer to the tragedy at Scott’s 2021 Astroworld concert, where concertgoers crushed and trampled one another, resulting in numerous injuries and the death of 10 people.
Egypt’s General Syndicate for Musical Professions has issued licenses to foreign artists in the past but recently changed its guidelines. “Since the General Syndicate is part of the fabric of this beloved country it is keen on its stability and refuses to tamper with societal values and Egyptian and Arab customs,” the organization said, according to Egypt Independent. Scott was planning to host the launch party for his fourth album, Utopia, at the foot of the Giza pyramids on July 28, 2023.
Artists who pose a “threat” to the country and its culture are being turned away. In 2017, Mashrou’ Leila, a Lebanese rock band, was banned from performing after a Pride flag was displayed at their concert in Cairo. Three years later, the syndicate stopped the performance of Mahraganat music, a genre that blends pop, techno, and R&B.
Comedian Kevin Hart had a show in Egypt canceled earlier this year. Sources say it was due to logistical issues, but others feel it was related to Egyptians being upset that Hart allegedly stated in the past that Egyptians were Black.