Jordan is permitting the popular Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila to perform, thereby lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims that the group’s songs – which are promoting religious and sexual freedom – “violate local customs and religious beliefs.”
Khalid Abu Zeid, a regional politician who initially announced the ban against Mashrou’ Leila (‘Leila’s Project), said in a new statement that “we don’t mind if this concert takes place.” He didn’t elaborate.
Members of the band told Al Jazeera that the reversal comes too late for the Jordan show to take place as scheduled on 29 April 2016.
The group thanked its fans for their support via its Facebook page:
“We, Mashrou’ Leila, would like to express our gratitude to the global media, and the band’s audience in Jordan, and around the world, for their support throughout the past two days. We take pride in playing music for an audience like ours.”
» The Middle East Online – 30 April 2016:
The Music Says So: The Battle for Citizen Rights Will Be Won
» Post-Bulletin – 29 April 2016:
Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band
» Mashrou’ Leila’s home page:
» Freemuse – 28 April 2016:
Jordan: Rock concert banned for “contradicting” religious beliefs
» Freemuse – 20 April 2016:
Jordan: Concert by Israeli musician in Wadi Rum cancelled