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Houthis ban singing and music at weddings

Houthis ban singing and music at weddings
Houthis ban singing and music at weddings

The Houthis in Yemen have kidnapped 15 musicians, sound engineers and wedding hall owners during the Eid Al-Adha celebration in the Amran province in northern Yemen. Their sound equipment and musical instruments were also confiscated, reports “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed”.

The aim of this wave of kidnappings is to ban music at weddings and replace it with Houthi chants. This is part of a larger and ongoing effort by the Houthis to ban music at weddings and other festivities.

Earlier in May, a new wave of arrests took place. At present, 20 artists, singers, sound engineers and wedding hall owners remain in Houthis detention centers. The Houthis refuse to release them unless they sign a written commitment to ban music at weddings and replace it with the group’s chants.

The Houthis also canceled a mass wedding for 160 brides and grooms in the town of Hababah in Amran province because a singer was scheduled to perform at the event earlier in May.

In November 2018, the Houthis killed groom Amer Al-Hatabi on his wedding night in front of his father, after arresting him and several of his relatives in Sana’a’s Hamdan district.

The Houthis are now imposing what they call “Zawamil” – traditional war songs used by Yemeni tribes, replacing other forms of music and songs.