Its a collaboration which should unite the East and West through music but instead it’s dividing men and women in Saudi Arabia.
US hip hop artist Nelly and Algerian singer Cheb Khaled are scheduled to perform a concert in Jeddah on 14 December.
But the event is open to men only and although the response has been overwhelmingly positive, some women in the country are angry.
On social media they questioned why they were being excluded from the concert organised by the Saudi privately-owned TV channel MBC Action and supported by Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority.
On Instagram a disappointed post by @kidshop_ksa read: “ليش بس رجال”. Which translates to: “Why is it male only?”
Another user made the same observation on Nelly’s own Instagram post of the event: “Its so sad that girls are not allowed to be there and see you??????”
Others suggested that as the rapper had been arrested for marijuana possession in 2015 and accused of sexual assault last month he should not be allowed to perform.
Despite charges for drugs possession, for which he did not serve time in jail, Nelly has always denied the allegations of rape made by a college student and has not been charged. Read more