Monday, July 06, 2009

Moroccan Metal

Next time you think your band is having problems, consider the plight of heavy metal bands in Morocco. As one musician's father explains:

'If it's just to express a freedom, OK.

'But as Muslims, as Moroccans, as an Arabic society, we have certain limits.'

Those limits were apparently breached in 2003 when 14 heavy metal fans were accused of Satanism, and imprisoned.

Human rights groups and performers took to the streets, saying the rockers were guilty only of wearing black clothes and singing provocative songs.

Shortly afterwards the 14 were released.
It's sort of nice that moms are the same in every culture, tho - the mother of the subject of the piece isn't really a fan of her son's music, but she still plays it for friends and visitors!

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