Female fan's kiss ends music concert in Kuwait

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October 5, 2008 14:48

 
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A Kuwaiti official said on Sunday that authorities abruptly ended a music concert by an Egyptian singer in this conservative Muslim country when a young female fan jumped on stage, hugged the male singer and gave him a kiss. Qanas al-Adwani, who heads the government department that monitors public entertainment, said that the girl's behavior at Friday's concert "defied the conservative traditions" of Kuwait. Al-Adwani also said that the fan's behavior broke controls on public entertainment, which were imposed by influential Muslim fundamentalists after they failed in 1997 to ban concerts altogether. Concerts have to be licensed by the government, and monitors from the Information Ministry watch the crowd to make sure nobody stands up to dance.

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