Mauritania: Two rappers detained and interrogated

Security forces detained rapper and singer Leïla Moulay (also spelled: Laila Moulaye) on 13 November 2013, one day after rapper Hamzo Bryn was taken into custody.

HamzoBryn_videodump

The detention came in response to their 28 September 2013 online release of a video titled ‘It started from Nouakchott’ by Hamzo’s group Soco Izi, which provoked a wave of protests from the conservative groups because the video features Leïla Moulay with her head uncovered.

The video garnered more than 21,460 views within the first three days of its release. Within five months it exceeded 150,000 views.

Following investigation that lasted for long hours, the security forces ordered their release, as Leïla Moulay allegedly pledged not to appear without veil again.


Arab Network for Human Rights Information – 17 November 2013
Mauritania: ANHRI Condemns Detaining and Interrogating Two Rappers Because of their Video Clip
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the detention of Mauritanian rapper “Laila Melay” by Mauritanian security forces and interrogating her because of a video clip “starting from Mauritania”, which was posted on “Youtube”.

AllAfrica – 17 November 2013:
Mauritania: ANHRI Condemns Detaining and Interrogating Two Rappers Because of Their Video Clip
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the detention of Mauritanian rapper “Laila Melay” by Mauritanian security forces and interrogating her because of a video clip “starting from Mauritania”, which was posted on “Youtube”.

AllAfrica – 15 November 2013:
Mauritanian Police Arrest Rappers
Police have arrested two young rappers for their release of a video which provoked protests from the more conservative fringes of Mauritanian society.



‘Hamzo Bryn – It started from Nouakchott’ (Official music video)

Published on youtube.com on 28 September 2013.
Viewed more than 150,000 times in February 2014.

Leïla Moulay’s Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/leila.mouls




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