It’s safe to say that yesterday’s Golden Mummy Parade blew our socks off! The parade entailed the transferring of 22 Mummified Egyptian Pharaohs from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.
Everything about the parade was breathtaking; from the video where prominent Egyptian actors told stories of timeless Egyptian monuments to the musical masterpiece of the orchestra to the dancers and the divinely artistic and regal cars the mummies were transported in. Of course, Egyptian women took part in making this parade a ground-breaking success, here are 10 women who made us proud yesterday!
1. Radwa El Beheiry
We don’t know about you, but this boss lady had us mesmerized! Her undivided attention and clear passion as she played the Tympan was the talk of the hour during the parade and even a day later! El Beheiry’s charisma had people on Facebook naming her Hatshepsut’s Granddaughter.
ElBeheiry is part of the Cairo Opera Orchestra. At the golden parade, she played the Tympan under Maestro Nader Abbasi with music composed by Hesham Nazih.
2. Salma Sorour
Sorour performed an amazing violin solo. She first started playing the violin at the age of 5 and then went on to take the music world by storm! Now, she performed at such a prestigious event at only 18 years old. Sorour studied music at the Cairo Conservatoire and is a violin soloist for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Also, she was honored in Egypt and Russia, had performances in Germany, and won first place at the Cairo Music Competition.
3. Amira Selim
Amira’s majestic voice truly set the tone of the event. Her singing made sure everyone knew something extraordinary was taking place. She sang in hieroglyphic! The words of the song were from inscriptions written on the pyramids and other prominent pharaonic monuments.
Amira studied at the Egyptian Conservatoire and pursued post-graduate studies in France where she performed solo on many stages. Also, she had leading roles in many renowned operas including The Phantom of the Opera and The Barber of Seville.
4. Reham Abdelhakim
Reham Abdelhakim also lit the night with her dazzling performance. It’s not the first time this singer beautifully captures Egypt. She acted as young Om Kalthoum in the series ‘Om Kalthoum’ and sang two of the most prominent songs about Egypt; ‘Bel Wara2a W El-Alam’ and ‘Fiha Haga Helwa’. Her passion for singing began when she was just 7 years old and she started performing at the Cairo Opera House at 12 years old!
5. Nessma Mahgoub
Mahgoub shone on that stage in her crown of curls! The song she performed is called ‘Hkayet Shaab’, written by Amir Teima and composed by Hesham Nazih.
Mahgoub was the winner of Star Academy’s 8th season. Her voice is unmistakable. She was the voice of Egyptian Elsa from Frozen. Furthermore, She sang the theme song of the series ‘Layaly Eugenie’ and gave an unforgettable performance on Esaad Younis’ ‘Sahebet Al-Saada’. Listen to her latest song here.
6. Jasmine Taha
Giving us the first look and setting the stage for magic to happen, Taha efficiently introduced the parade in a dazzling pharaonic dress. She impressively told the story of each pharaoh being moved. Taha studied economics and has a master’s degree in Management. Also, she presented many TV shows and festivals including ‘Safeera Azeeza’ and the Cairo International Film Festival.
7. Aya El-Gheriany
Gheriany followed Taha, giving us an Arabic, English, and French first look into the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. El-Gheriany graduated from the faculty of Languages of the French University, finishing off her last year at the Sorbonne. Afterward, She went on to be a presenter for Al-Qahira wa Al-Nas and DMC.
8. Nardine Farag
Giving the go-ahead for the parade in a stunning red jumpsuit, Farag efficiently presented the beginning of the parade. Farag is a prominent TV presenter. She worked at OTV and previously presented ET Belaraby, Arabs Got Talent, the Gouna Film Festival, The Voice, and The Voice Kids.
She also acted in the series ‘fo’ mostawa al shobohat’ and ‘Al-Hesab Yegma’’ and ‘Leih La’’
9. Miral Mahilian
Mahilian beautifully led the Golden Parade. She’s a model and an actress who took part in multiple advertisements and series, including ‘Kalabsh’, ‘El-erd beyetkalem’, and ‘Lel hob forsa okhra’.
10. Dina Fekry
Fekry is the woman behind the beautiful designs on the walls of the streets where the parade took place. Fekry is an Applied Arts professor at Helwan University. The Dean launched a competition between the art faculties of the university and her design won! It took her and the art students of the university 5 days and two weeks to execute the designs. Their hard work certainly paid off!
The Golden Parade is the ultimate testament to the Egyptian Woman’s excellence throughout history. From Hatshepsut to everyone on this list, Egyptian women continue to show the world that they’re capable of and destined for greatness!