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Banana-sucking Egyptian singer jailed over music video

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Banana-sucking Egyptian singer jailed over music video

An Egyptian court has jailed a popular pop singer for two years because she suggestively ate a banana while wearing just an underwear in her latest music video.

Singer Shyma’s music video ‘I have issues’ caused an uproar in the radically conservative Islamic nation and it took no time for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to order her immediate arrest.

Singer Shyma

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,” Shyma said in her now-deleted Facebook page post. Subsequently, Egypt’s musicians union banned Shyma (her real name Shaimaa Ahmed) from performing in events across the country.

“The content of the video clip is harmful to the Egyptian society,” Egypt’s Member of Parliament Jalal Awara said soon after the video was released.

The young singer was arrested on November 18 and her trial was held in Cairo on November 28. She pleaded  not guilty to both charges of inciting debauchery and producing a video that harms public morality. She claimed that she was forced to do the stunt by the music video director who included the scenes without her consent.

The two were fined £10,000 and sentenced to two years in jail.


Entertainment Writer. Debbie loves to scour the Internet and love to write about celebrities.

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