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Kuwait cancels planned Akon concert over 'moral values'

Some lawmakers threatened to take action if the US R&B singer’s event went ahead, complaining his lyrics were offensive to Islam

Kuwait cancels planned Akon concert over 'moral values'
Singer Akon. (Getty Images)

Kuwaiti authorities have cancelled a planned concert by American singer Akon after some lawmakers criticised it on moral grounds, according to Associated Press.

The R&B artist who has recorded songs with Eminem and whose hits include “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You” was scheduled to headline an event also featuring local performers to raise awareness about the dangers of phone use while driving, AP reported.

Some lawmakers argued Akon’s lyrics were offensive to Islam and threatened to take action if the concert went ahead on Saturday.

“If the US singer who is well known for his terrible lyrics is allowed to perform, we will not hesitate to move against anything that touches our religion and our morals,” MP Humood Al Hamdan was quoted as saying by local daily Al Rai.

“We need to protect our children and make sure they are not influenced by negative people.

“There must be a zero-tolerance policy towards such matters.”

One of the organisers, Reema Al Yacoub, told The Associated Press on Sunday that authorities called off the show late last week but did not give a clear explanation.

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Kevin 5 years ago

Zero tolerance to an artist that is freely available on a mobile phone etc wake up MPs your young people already know how to bypass your internet filters etc with VPNs etc
This won't stop it just drive it underground
You might not want it so why deprive others
Another reason to leave this backward country and soon