Moslem fundamentalists in Egypt are intent on persuading this nation of music-lovers that singing is sinful.

Some of the hardliners are even willing to use violence."Music is the singing of the devil," said a 25-year-old student named Amara. "Those who listen to it are atheists and those who enjoy it shall go to hell."

In one of the worst incidents to date, a student was killed in Assiut, southern Egypt, in March when fundamentalists with knives and chains clashed with police after attacking a university theater for performing what they called a blasphemous play.