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Egyptian Singer, Shyma, Has Been Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For "Inciting Debauchery" In Video

Shyma has been found guilty of "inciting debauchery" for her music video "I Have Issues."

Egyptian pop singer, Shyma, will serve two years in prison, after being found guilty of "inciting debauchery," with the release of her music video "I Have Issues."

Following the video, which has now been removed from YouTube, and shows the singer dancing sensually in her underwear while eating an apple and banana "suggestively," The 25-year-old singer posted an apology on a now deactivated Facebook Page in response to the public outcry it fueled.

Here's a short clip from the video:

"I apologize to all the people who saw the clip and were upset by it and took it in an inappropriate way," she wrote. "I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer... who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer."

The music video's producer was also sentenced to two years in prison.

It seems as though this type of ill-considered wielding of moral law has reached new depths in Egypt as of late.

Last month, Egyptian television host, Doaa Salah, was sentenced to three years, for the same offense after she reportedly "encouraged single motherhood" on her show.

According to BBC Africa, another Egyptian singer, Sherine Abdel Wahab, is facing trial for supposedly "spreading provocative publicity," and has been banned from performing in the country for two months after suggesting that drinking form The Nile could cause illness, at a concert last year.

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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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