Jordan Lifts Ban on Lebanese Band Fronted by Gay Singer

Mashrou' Leila

Th Times of Israel reports:

Jordan is lifting a ban on popular Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila, which tackles issues of sexuality and politics and whose frontman is openly gay. The ban came amid claims the group’s songs promote religious and sexual freedom that violate local customs and religious beliefs.

Khalid Abu Zeid, a regional politician who initially announced the ban against Mashrou’ Leila, or Leila’s Project, said in a new statement that “we don’t mind if this concert takes place.” He didn’t elaborate.

The band said in response that the reversal was too late for the Jordan show to take place as scheduled on Friday.

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Watch a clip of the band’s music below:


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