Grand opening, grand closing. Just two weeks before Travis Scott’s planned ‘Utopia’ concert at Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza, the engagement was canceled by the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate on Tuesday (July 18). The organization is responsible for approving public performances and ensuring that artists’ values align with the country’s morals.
“The syndicate president and board have decided to cancel its issued permission for such concerts that contradict the identity of the Egyptian culture,” read the syndicate’s statement. “The syndicate is committed to preserving the security and stability of our beloved homeland and rejects any actions that go against its societal values.”
The statement continued, “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.”
The 32-year-old artist intended to debut his long-awaited fourth studio album, Utopia, during the Pyramids of Giza show. However, since the Pyramids of Giza is an ancient historical monument, the move was deemed offensive by commentators and even boycotted. In circulating social media posts and comments, Scott was alleged of involvement in ‘anti-Egyptian Afrocentrism agendas’ and promoting ‘satanic rituals.’
Multiple influencers called for the show to be canceled, including lawyer Amr Abdel-Samie, who cited Scott’s deadly 2021 Astroworld Festival. The lawyer made several television appearances and newspaper comments, even going so far as to calling Scott a “masonic, satanic, and devil worshipper with a dark history.”
Originally supported by the Egyptian Tourism Authority, the Utopia show sold out upon its announcement earlier this month.
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