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Saudi Arabia: Officials order arrest of a female rapper because of her song glorifying women

6 March 2020
A female rapper is singing and rapping to the camera
Image: Screenshot from Asayel Slay’s Mecca Girl music video / Music video on Twitter

 

20 February: Governor of Mecca Prince Khaled bin Faisal ordered authorities to arrest a female rapper Asayel Slay for the rap song Mecca Girl, reported News.com.

It was announced on the Mecca Region’s official Twitter account on 20 February that Mecca Governor, Prince Khalid bin Faisal ordered the arrest of Asayel Slay and those responsible for the production, because the song “offends the customs and traditions of the people of Mecca and contradicts the identity and traditions of its esteemed population.”

 

The song glorifying Saudi Arabian women in Mecca and describing them as “powerful and beautiful” was removed from Asayel Slay’s YouTube channel. The music video circulates on social media.

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