‘I fought off ISIS!’ Egypt’s ‘Shaboula’ slams award to Bollywood star

Abdel Rahim, a pioneer in the Sha’abi, or popular, genre of music is famous for his politically fueled lyrics. (File: Twitter)

After the Egyptian Academy of Arts gave Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan an honorary degree during his visit to Egypt last week, Cairo-born pop singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim, also known as Shaboula, was not happy.

“I have a right to a degree for what I have given to Egypt,” he told the host of an Egyptian talk show, according to local media.

“I fought off ISIS, Israel, and Obama for Egypt, and Amitabh Bachchan does not dare to speak of the,” the singer reportedly said.

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Rahim, 58, also demanded that he enter a sauna room - whatever that was.

“They invited Amitabh Bachchan to the Marriott and gave him a sauna…I want one too.”

“I don’t know what that is…so I want one,” he explained.

Rahim, a pioneer in the Sha’abi, or popular, genre of music is famous for his politically fueled lyrics.

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