Egypt arrests three for viral video of mosque dancing
- In the footage, the man can be seen dancing, dancing and singing in the mosque.
- Mahraganat is a musical genre that has become mainstream in Egypt.
- The authorities banned the mahriganat because its songs were considered vulgar.
CAIRO: Egypt has arrested three men after a video clip allegedly showing one of them singing and dancing at a mosque went viral online, the prosecutor’s office said.
In the footage, a man can be seen dancing, dancing and singing with a microphone in the mosque to a song by Ahmed Moza, a popular “mahraganat” performer.
Mahraganat – Arabic for carnival – is a genre of street music that has become mainstream in Egypt.
It emerged from working-class neighborhoods, where artists used free or inexpensive software to mix traditional music with electronic sounds, creating big, eclectic beats.
But the authorities banned mahriganat performers because their songs were considered vulgar.
The prosecution said an investigation was underway into the video “showing a man singing into a microphone and dancing inside a mosque,” in a statement released late Tuesday. .
“Police have identified three suspects, the one who sang and danced, the one who took the video and who posted the video on social media.”
Mona Seif, the sister of jailed Egyptian dissident Alaa Abdel Fattah, said the three men had been “interrogated by state security”.
They face charges of “terrorism” and “dissemination of disinformation,” the activist said in a Facebook post.
Egypt has been regularly denounced for its “terrible” human rights record since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2013.
An estimated 60,000 political prisoners are behind bars in Egypt, according to human rights defenders.
Independent entertainers often complain of being pressured or unable to find sponsors in a country where the state or branches of the security apparatus increasingly control production companies.
Last month, three comedians were freed after more than a month in detention on charges of “false information” and “terrorism” after posting a song on TikTok denouncing inflation that was widely shared. cobble.