Earlier this week, Live Nation denied reports that Travis Scott’s Utopia concert at the Pyramids of Giza had been canceled after numerous Egyptian media outlets reported the show had been cancelled.
In an open letter, the rapper seems to be begging the authorities to let the show go ahead as planned. The Egyptian Musicians Syndicate, a group responsible for approving and issuing permits for concerts, reportedly revoked the permit over claims that the show “offended against the cultural identity of the Egyptian people” and citing “strange rituals”.
“I am writing to address the apparently inaccurate reports which appear to have led to the suspension of permits for my concert at the Giza Pyramids scheduled for July 28, 2023,” the letter begins.
“As far as I know, the Egyptians Musicians Syndicate took this action in response to bot-generated fake information about my concerts and character. (Anyone savvy with modern technology and social media need only click on the user profile of these accounts to see that they are not real people.) Specifically, they referred to “strange rituals” that “contradict the cultural identity of the Egyptian people.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth. My sole intention when performing live is to unite people around the world through a common musical connection. In fact, I just successfully played in an incredibly conservative Saudi Arabia in April in front of 70,000 fans and there were no problems, hiccups or complications. (Ask your culture minister Prince Bader bin Farhan Al-Saud or see the positive press reports here).”
Scott is waiting for a decision.
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