Egyptian singer says politics should stay away from art
Friday, 2 October 2015
This week's guest is artist Hani Shaker, head of the Egyptian Musicians' Union, and who recently promised a "fierce war" against indecent songs. Shaker said it was important for singers to abide by rules of general decency on the level of wardrobe choice and use of proper vocabulary. He also said that politics must stay away from art. Commenting on Egyptian artists who sing in the Gulf accent, he said: "When an Egyptian singer sings in the Gulf accent, he does so out of his (strong) feeling in Arabism and (strong connection to) his fans."
Point of Order is a live, weekly socio-political hard-talk show. Its guests have included figures such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy and the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani. The show, presented by Hasan Muawad, is known for its bold questions and sometimes controversial guests and discussions.