A Saudi Singer Was Arrested After Dabbing During A Concert
Dabbing is officially prohibited by the country’s anti-drug authority.
A young Saudi singer was arrested in Taif, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after he dabbed during a musical contest he was participating in over the weekend, Okaz newspaper reported.
In a now viral video, TV host, actor, and aspiring artist, Abdallah Al Shaharani, is seen pulling off the dance move, which is officially prohibited by the country’s anti-drug authority as many consider it a reference to weed and other narcotics.
The dab – a simple dance in which a person drops their head into the bent crook of a slanted arm, while raising the opposite arm in a parallel direction but out straight – was first seen in Atlanta rapper Skippa da Flippa’s 2014 video ‘How Fast Can You Count It,’ and later went on to become an internet craze.
It is usually performed by artists, celebrities, and even athletes in countries around the world.
Al Shaharani apologized to his country’s people and government before his arrest:
السلام عليكم .. اقدم أشد اعتذاري لحكومتنا الرشيدة وجمهوري العزيز على الحركة
(العفوية الغير مقصوده ) في مهرجان الطائف
تقبلوا اعتذاري ..
— عبدالله الشهراني (@Shaharani1A) August 6, 2017
I apologize to our respected government and to my audience for unintentionally and spontaneously making the dance move at Taif festival. Please accept my apology…