Saudi Arabia orders arrest of 'Girl From Mecca' female rapper for song

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2020, 02.07 PM(IST)

Mecca Girl Photograph:( Twitter )

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In the video, she can be seen rapping about what it feels like to be a woman from Mecca.

Saudi Arabia officials have ordered the arrest of a female rapper for a music video titled ‘Girl From Mecca’ that went viral on YouTube. 

The rapper named Ayasel Slay, posted the video last week. 

In the video, she can be seen rapping about what it feels like to be a woman from Mecca. She can be seen wearing a headscarf while rapping as she sings in a coffee shop with backup dancers around her. The lyrics go like: "A girl from Mecca is all you need. Her beauty exceeds those of any Saudi woman....."

As soon as the video ‘Girl From Mecca’ went viral, according to the Mecca region's official Twitter account, the governor of Mecca, Prince Khalid bin Faisal ordered the arrest of those responsible for producing the song. The order comes as it "offends the customs and traditions of the people of Mecca and contradicts the identity and traditions of its esteemed population."

The prince has also ordered the singer and those responsible for the song to be investigated and punished by the "relevant authorities." 

The rapper’s account was wiped out from YouTube including the said song earlier this week. However, internet users have downloaded the song and it has been republished on several accounts.

Internet users stand divided on the song as some point out that she is covered and that people have a problem with a black Saudi singing more than the lyrics as the lyrics only glorify the women of the kingdom and there is nothing wrong with it while others say such rapping videos are not in good taste. 

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This order comes at a time when Saudi Arabia has been working to improve its public image vis-a-vis women’s rights in the kingdom. In December last year, the government ended gender segregation at restaurants. In August, a ban was lifted on Saudi women holding passports and traveling abroad without the consent of a male guardian. In a landmark reform, women were granted the right to drive in 2017 and were issued their first drivers' licenses in 2018.

However, many harsh rules remain in place.