DABBING was a popular dance move in Mzansi last year. Some political parties even adopted it as their signature dance during the 2016 municipal election campaigns. But in another countries, the dance move can land one in jail. BBC News reported that a popular singer has been arrested for “dabbing” during a concert in south-west Saudi Arabia.
Abdallah Al Shahani, a TV host, actor, and Saudi national, was performing the dance move, which involves a person tucking their head into the crook of their arm, at a music festival in the city of Taif at the weekend.
Dabbing is banned in the conservative country where authorities consider it a reference to narcotics culture.
A video of Mr Al Shahani’s dab became popular on social media and thousands have tweeted about the incident.
It is thought that dabbing originated in the hip-hop scene in Atlanta, Georgia, US, around two years ago, but gained a global following when celebrities, athletes and politicians including Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan began performing the move, BBC reports.
The Saudi Interior Ministry’s National Commission for Combating Drugs recently banned the move because they consider it to refer to marijuana use.
A poster published by the ministry depicting dabbing warns “people about the dangers of this [move] on the youth and society, and is warning against imitating it”.
BBC reported that it is not clear whether Mr Al Shahani planned to dab or whether he got carried away in the moment as he performed.
The singer apologised on Twitter on Tuesday writing, “I apologise to our respected government and to my audience for unintentionally and spontaneously making the dance move at Taif festival. Please accept my apology.”