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Egypt: Singer arrested for “suggestive” video, union license withdrawn

27 November 2017
Singer Shyma was arrested on suspicion of “incitement to debauchery” over her new video for song “Andy Zoroof”, which authorities considered too suggestive.
Photo: Shyma/YouTube screenshot from “Andy Zoroof”

 

Egyptian singer Shyma (Shayma Ahmad) was arrested on suspicion of “incitement to debauchery” on 18 November 2017 over her new video for song “Andy Zoroof” (I Have Problems), which authorities considered to be too daring and suggestive. If convicted, the singer faces a one-year prison sentence, reported Le Figaro.

Additionally, the Music Syndicate issued a decision on 16 November withdrawing the singer’s annual license, leaving her unable to perform and earn a living as a singer. The union also stated that her video was “pornographic” and harmed the values of community and ethics”, reported Almasry Alyoum.

At a court hearing where the singer’s detention was extended by a further seven days, the singer stated she didn’t know her video would cause such controversy and was acting according to the video director’s requests, reported Youm7.

The video, which sparked outrage in the country, features the singer in a classroom in front of male students licking an apple and slowly unpeeling a banana, eating it and pouring milk on it, among other scenes.

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