Travis Scott’s highly anticipated debut of his Utopia LP was set to make history with a grand unveiling at the historic Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on July 28. However, the event hit a roadblock as the Egyptian Syndicate of Musical Professions attempted to pull the plug on the concert, citing concerns about the rapper’s music being inconsistent with Egyptian values and traditions.
In a statement released by the regulatory body responsible for issuing permits for musical events, the General Syndicate expressed its commitment to preserving the stability and security of Egypt, refusing to compromise societal values and customs. The decision was based on what the Syndicate referred to as “research and documented information” regarding strange rituals allegedly present at Travis Scott’s concerts, which they believe contradict the cultural identity of the Egyptian people.
The reference to “strange rituals” seemed to allude to the tragic crowd surge that occurred at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in 2021. The incident led to a flurry of conspiracy theories on social media, with some TikTok users insinuating that the catastrophe was part of a “satanic ritual.”
blessed to be the first solo rapper to perform at the pyramids in Egypt 🇪🇬 pic.twitter.com/NSEQiYwFoR— SANTIAGO (@russdiemon) October 25, 2022
Dr. Mohamed Abdullah, the representative for the Syndicate, clarified that the cancellation decision was influenced by public opinion and circulating news on social media. He emphasized the necessity of considering security aspects and obtaining approvals from relevant authorities when organizing concerts, to ensure the safety and protection of the audience.
While Travis Scott’s team has denied that the concert was called off, no official statement has been released at the time of reporting. The planned cancellation of the event could potentially disappoint many fans, especially considering the historical significance of the Pyramids of Giza as a venue for hosting illustrious acts. In October 2022, Russ became the first solo rapper to perform at the iconic site, sharing a memorable clip on Twitter of concertgoers singing along to his track “Losing Control.”
The decision by the Egyptian Syndicate of Musical Professions reflects the delicate balance between artistic expression and cultural preservation. While the cancellation is a setback for Travis Scott’s planned debut at the Pyramids of Giza, it also underscores the importance of considering local customs and traditions when organizing international concerts in historic and culturally significant locations.
As the situation develops, fans and industry observers will be eagerly awaiting any official updates or announcements from Travis Scott’s team and the regulatory authorities involved. Regardless of the outcome, the incident serves as a reminder of the challenges artists may encounter when seeking to showcase their music on the global stage while navigating the cultural sensitivities of diverse audiences.