Shadia [Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Culture press statement]
CAIRO – 29 November 2017: Egyptian iconic singer/actress Shadia passed away on Tuesday, breaking out sorrow across not only her fans but also prominent figures in Egyptian and Arab cinema, including Culture Minister Helmy El Namnam who expressed his sorrow in a released statement late Tuesday night.
Symbolizing Egypt’s voice
Commenting on her immortal role in the Egyptian history, El Namnam stated that “Shadia expressed pure love towards her homeland. Besides, she reflected national issues through her music.”
National Icon Loss
The Music Syndicate issued a statement mourning Shadia’s death, saying “Shadia reflected Egypt’s voice, and she witnessed Egypt’s major events.”
Multitalented Egyptian artist role-model
A number of celebrities are mourning Shadia, who managed top inspire their artistic careers including legendary Egyptian actor Adel Emam who expressed his sorrow after receiving news of Shadia’s death.
Prominent Egyptian actor Youssif Shaa’ban commented on her death; “Shadia was a unique artist, I was lucky enough to co-star with her in five films.”
Emphasizing Shadia’s role in music, prominent Egyptian scenarist Mohamed El Ghety added, “Nobody can forget her national songs such as “Om El Sabreen,” [Mother of Martyrs], and “Ya Habebty Ya Masr” [Egypt, My Beloved].
Prominent actresses Nabila Ebeed and Youssra said that Egypt has lost a leading symbol while film critic Tarek El Shenawy mentioned that “Shadia was the only artist who was able to achieve equal success in singing and acting"
Actress Mona Zaki