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Sudanese MP calls for sacking of minister of culture over music concert

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November 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese MP Dafa’a Allah Hassab Al-Rasool has criticised the ministry of culture and information for allowing US-based group Yes Academy to organise a music show in Khartoum on Saturday.

The concert, which brought together six well-known performers from New York and 100 Sudanese talents, featured performances of hip-hop, break dance, rap, Broadway, jazz, and traditional Sudanese music, in Khartoum’s Friendship Hall.

The event was attended by thousands of Sudanese youths of both sexes.

The lawmaker called for the minister of culture and information, Ahmed Belal Osman, to be summonsed to testify before the parliament, saying that the musical event offended the Sudanese government and its people.

The move followed calls from the Imam (prayer leader) of Khartoum’s grand mosque, Kamal Osman Rizq, who demanded Belal be sacked and face court for allowing the musical event to go ahead.

In his Friday prayer sermon, he said that the Freemasonry stands behinds such events in order to spoil the minds of youth and turn young men into “effeminates”.

The secretary of the ruling National Congress Party’s (NCP) art sector, Al-Jailani Al-Wathig, who is also a singer, stressed that the event was inconsistent with Sudanese traditions and customs.

He told Al-Ahram Al-Youm daily newspaper that he had made a strong stance against the event, saying that the Sudanese community had also denounced it.

Al-Rasool, who has been dubbed the “controversial” MP by local media, is known for his extreme views.

Last May, he demanded the parliament to adopt a motion calling for polygamy, saying that it is the only way to produce more men in society to in turn support the armed forces and defend the country against rebel groups.

In April, 2012, he led an incitement campaign against famed Egyptian singer Shereen Abdel-Wahab, who had been scheduled to perform in Khartoum’s main football stadium, describing the event as “immoral”, and calling for a general mobilisation for jihad (holy war).

As a result, Khartoum state authorities cancelled the concert, saying it would not allow such an event while army soldiers and the mujahedeen (holy fighters) remained on the battle front.

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  • 27 November 2013 07:40, by Mi diit

    Look at this Islamic MP hypocrite. After enjoying hip-hop, rap and jazz music he later on complained, calling for the removal of the minister who organized it for Khartoumers. Shame!

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    • 27 November 2013 08:46, by Tutbol

      What does this evil institution really wants? to establish a joint administration, with who? & to make peace & reconciliation with who? The Ngok Dinka the owners of the land have already decided that they are part of S Sudan, the Meseriyaa are only visitors & deserve nothing in Abyiei whatsoever, but this evil institution UNSC is trying every tricks to give hope to Messeriyas that they too...

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      • 27 November 2013 08:55, by Tutbol

        ...own Abyiei. This institution is playing games with S Sudanese, but it must told be some times let aware that S Sudanese are not French Congo or Central Africa Republic where this evil institution is allowed to created conflict in the first place & the turn around as a messeieh. This evil UNSC should go & f-ck its self & sell its evil intrigue else where. its games stink.

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        • 27 November 2013 09:03, by Tutbol

          Its UN govt is advocating in many lowly informed French West and Central countries would not be bought by S Sudanese by any cost. The UNIMISS must leave our state of Jonglei Next year. where these evil institutions stick their dirty noses into often becomes failed states.

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  • 27 November 2013 09:01, by Kenyan the cushite

    sudan is a backward country. since when did Music become a crime. soon they will only be alowing studying of the Koran. no wonder educate people and fleeing this racist backward shameful caliphate

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  • 27 November 2013 09:26, by Observer

    Rolls my eyes!!
    How is our country meant to progress when we have idiots and simpletons like Dafa’a as an MP.
    The world laughs at us once again due to this man and others like him

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  • 27 November 2013 09:26, by Observer

    Rolls my eyes!!
    How is our country meant to progress when we have idiots and simpletons like Dafa’a as an MP.
    The world laughs at us once again due to this man and others like him

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