Egypt singer detained over racy music video

Prosecutors in Egypt have detained a female singer for four days for “incitement to debauchery” after an online video clip sparked controversy, a judicial source said on Tuesday. Leila Amer appeared at the end of December in a music video called “Boss Oumek” (“Look at your mother”) which includes sensual oriental dance and suggestive gestures.

Musicians’ union president Hany Shaker, a male singer known for his conservative stance, last week announced on the private channel Dream TV that Amer had been expelled from the union. Her case comes less than a month after another female pop singer was sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” over a racy video.

Shyma appeared in a mock classroom licking an apple and appearing to mimic fellatio on a banana in front of a chalkboard scrawled with “Class #69”. On Monday her sentence was reduced on appeal to a year in jail.

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