The singer has apologized to her fans and claims she was a victim of the Director’s orders.
Egyptian singer Shaima Ahmad, known by her artist name as Shyma, has recently stirred up a row in Egypt after the release of her music video, ”I Have Problems”. The music video is sexually suggestive and violates the conservative code of the country, which is why the singer has been detained for four days and may face imprisonment.
The music video sees the 21-year-old singer shedding her clothes, teaching a class of men with ”69” scrawled on the board behind her, and using fruits and bananas to sexually provoke the men. The music video sparked a massive outcry in Egypt with officials even ordering her arrest.
“The content of the video clip is harmful to the Egyptian society,” Jalal Awara, a member of the parliament, said, “There must be a firm stance against promoters of this substandard art.”
Following the backlash on her music video, Shyma posted an apology to all her viewers and fans – “I apologize to all the people who saw the clip and were upset by it and took it in an inappropriate way. I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer… who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer.”
Shyma blames her director, Mohammad Jamal, saying, “I was a tool in the hands of the director, who guided my movements and requested me to do some displays.”
Authorities are in ursuit of Mohammad Jamal, who will be arrested if caught. Meanwhile, the musicians union of Egypt has banned Shyma from performing at any public concert again. The singer who was arrested on Saturday is currently detained, pending further investigation.