Egyptian singer sentenced to two years over suggestive music video

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A POP singer has been jailed for two years after a music video showing her pouring milk over a banana and eating it suggestively was ruled too sexually explicit.

Ahmed, better known for her stage name Shyma, was convicted by an Egyptian court to two years and prison and a United States dollars 560 fine, for her provocative behavior in the video for her song, "I Have Issues".

The former Arab Idol contestant, who is just 21, was also ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (£420) for supposedly "inciting debauchery".

The video created a stir on social media in conservative and Muslim-majority Egypt and was discussed on TV talk shows.

Sentencing of #Egyptian singer #Shyma and director Mohamed Gamal is against #freedomofexpression. In 2015 two Egyptian belly dancers were sentenced to six months in prison each after appearing in "ranchy" music videos, despite belly dancing being a long-running cultural tradition in the country.


Ahmed apologized before her arrest to the citizens who took her video "in an inappropriate way".

"I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone", the post read. Both defendants were accused of inciting debauchery and producing a video harming public morality.

Shyma was arrested on November 18 following complaints from the public, according to police. Subsequently, Egypt's musicians union banned Shyma (her real name Shaimaa Ahmed) from performing in events across the country.

"Drinking from the Nile will get me schistosomiasis", the singer, Sherine Abdel Wahab, said on video after a concertgoer asked her to sing "Mashrebtesh Men Nilha" (Have You Drunk from the Nile?).

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