28 Feb '12, 7am

Malaysia scraps US singer show over Allah body art #malaysia

Malaysia on Tuesday cancelled a concert by American singer Erykah Badu after a local newspaper sparked outrage by running a photo of her with body art that included the Arabic word for "Allah." Information Minister Rais Yatim said in a message on Twitter that the concert was cancelled because it breached government guidelines on "religious sensitivities and cultural values" in Muslim-majority Malaysia . A ministry official confirmed to AFP that the show was scrapped but declined further comment. Concert organisers could not immediately be reached. The acclaimed soul artist had been scheduled to perform in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Islamic groups frequently oppose concerts by Western artists, alleging they promote promiscuous lifestyles and corrupt young minds, but rarely are high-profile acts cancelled once initial approval was granted. Badu is no stranger to ...

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