AGENCIES, Mecca: Did you ever think rapping about being a girl in your own city can get you arrested? It is possible, if you are in Saudi Arabia. The governor of Mecca, the site of the holy Kaaba of the Islamic world, has ordered the arrest of a female rapper over her song Bint Mecca (Mecca Girl).
The reason given is that the song is insulting to the city’s holiness, culture and traditions. The video, which shows the rapper, Ayasel Slay, rapping in her native tongue while a few youngsters dance in a café, has been removed from her YouTube account. The authorities will not spare the production team as well.
The song talks about women empowerment and how men should treat the women from Mecca with care and should not upset them because these Mecca women are far better than their counterparts from other places.
While Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, started reforms two years ago so that music artistes from abroad could come and perform, such a decision seems to put those plans on the backfoot. Allegations of hypocrisy have come forward, with netizens slamming the government for their order. Some users have lashed out against Ayasel as well, bringing into question her African origins, which hints at racism.