As soon as the Egyptian government prepared its plan for this global celebration, it was communicated with “Maysarah” to choose the appropriate anthems for the celebration, after the dazzling appearance of the royal mummies procession last April.
Maisara said in exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia”, hours before the start of the celebration, that “all the songs are inspired by the walls of 3 temples, namely: Karnak, Luxor, and Deir el-Bahari; a direct connection to the celebrations of the Feast of the Opet, as these songs were sung in Egypt. ancient times during the era of the modern state.
The Egyptian antiquities professor pointed out that 3 hymns were chosen to be played during the celebration of the opening of the Road of the Rams, in the presence of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and a number of public figures from Egypt and the world. Amun is recorded on the Temple of Luxor on 14 columns, and the last is the coronation hymn of Queen Hatshepsut, who has the oldest scenes recorded so far about the festival of Opet we know about ancient Egypt.
He explained that work on selecting songs and hymns began with the first preparations and preparations for the ceremony at the end of last August, to communicate constantly since then with the conductor of the Philharmonic Union orchestra and choir, Maestro Nader Abbasi, to choose more than one hymn.
And he indicated that the selected hymns would not be recited in full because they were too long, and then excerpts were chosen that were appropriate for the event.
Maisara revealed surprisingly that these hymns are documented on the walls of the temples, and that the instruments that will be used to play today are the same instruments depicted on the walls, in addition to experiencing the ceremonial musical manifestations that were present in ancient Egypt.
Concerning the philosophy of choosing these hymns, the Egyptian academic professor said that “everything was documented, and there is nothing inspired by imagination or assumption, and we relied on the extreme accuracy that a single text is chosen and then reviewed more than once, and then presented to the maestro, who in turn works distribute the music, then send it back to him to review and tune it again.”
He explained that the members of the orchestra had difficulty in dealing with the ancient Egyptian language, and therefore there was severe scrutiny in selecting and documenting vocabulary so as not to make any mistakes in singing.
Promotion of Egyptian tourism
Maisarah believes that the ultimate goal of the celebration and the great global event, is a civilized promotional process for the tourism movement in Luxor, after the completion of the largest project in the history of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities by exposing the Rams Road in 1949, up to its opening today, after it was rehabilitated, lit and equipped in an impressive manner for the tourist movement.
He explained that this project changed the map, entity, and life of the residents in Luxor, and also cost the state huge sums of money since its discovery until today, and therefore it was necessary for it to take its right to celebration and global publicity in light of the tourism movement being affected by the Corona pandemic.