Nelly will perform men-only concert in Saudi Arabia



It’s a collaboration which should unite the East and West through music but instead it’s dividing men and women in Saudi Arabia.

US hip-hop artist Nelly and Algerian singer Cheb Khaled are scheduled to perform a concert in Jeddah on 14 December.

But the event is open to men only and although the response has been overwhelmingly positive, some women in the country are angry.

On social media they questioned why they were being excluded from the concert organised by the Saudi privately-owned TV channel MBC Action and supported by Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority.

It is not clear whether Nelly will be asked to do the same given that his most popular song, Hot in Herre, asks women to remove their clothes.

Traditionally large public events like concerts have been restricted in the Kingdom partly due to its strict morality laws regarding alcohol prohibition, modest clothing and gender segregation.

Most public places including restaurants and cafes have two sections, one for just men and one for families, which are for women and their husbands and families.

Some malls even have women-only floors where men are not allowed to enter. However recently Saudi Arabia has been taking steps to portray itself as a modernising country.

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