Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 June 2019

French Montana to perform in Egypt for the first time

The rapper will take to the stage in the Egyptian capital Cairo this month

French Montana will perform in Egypt for the first time in April  Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life Is Beautiful
French Montana will perform in Egypt for the first time in April  Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life Is Beautiful

Egypt continues to bring in the big music names to perform. After the successful Red Hot Chili Peppers gig at the Giza Pyramids last month, one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, French Montana, will soon make his Cairo debut.

The rapper will perform at Dandy Mega Mall, at the 6th October district, on April 12. Ticket prices start from EGP 500 (Dh105).

With such a proximity to the UAE, one can reasonably hope Montana will also fit in a few club dates in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi as part of this regional trip.

French Montana always comes home

Montana is gradually making the Middle East and North Africa region an integral part of his touring plans. Born Karim Kharbouch, his family comes from Morocco and Montana emigrated to the US as a teenager, working his way up from creating mix-tapes to becoming one of the biggest names in the music industry, having collaborated with the likes of P Diddy and DJ Khaled.

Despite the acclaim and the big Los Angeles mansion that come with it, Montana has never forgotten where he came from. As well as performing in Morocco regularly, he also shot the music video for his track Famous in the famed blue city of Chefchaouen – it was where his family formerly resided.

A hip-hop success story

Speaking to The National in 2018, a day before performing to 50,000-strong crowd in the Moroccan capital Rabat, he described his career as a "success story".

“I won’t change anything that happened to me because it did make me the man that I am today,” he says. “Whether it is being an immigrant or seeing my family struggle or going through certain things in my life. I just feel like I am blessed, man. I am just grateful.”

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Updated: April 4, 2019 11:56 AM

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