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Egyptian Singer Shyma Arrested for Racy Music Video

She appears dancing, eating a banana while a group of young men look on.

Egyptian pop musician Shyma was arrested for dancing in underwear, licking an apple and eating a banana "suggestively" on a music video last week Saturday. She was accused of "inciting debauchery."


On the video for a song called "I Have Issues," Shyma can be seen dancing sensually in front of a classroom full of men as they look on attentively–which isn't something one wouldn't expect from a pop video. But not in Egypt, a country that is known for sexism and being generally conservative.

After backlash from local media, Shyma posted an apology on her Facebook page, which has since been disabled.

"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 BBC reports that on Monday, two days after Shyma's arrest, the public prosecutor's office ordered that Shyma's detention be extended for a week. And arrest warrants were also issued for the directors of the video.

Disturbing, if you ask us.

The video for "I Have Issues" has since been removed from YouTube, but you can watch a portion below:

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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