Singer Rebecca Reijman falls afoul of Islamic law in Aceh.
Singer Rebecca Soejati Reijman, who is from the Netherlands, was performing on stage in Banda Aceh on 26th August in front of 4,000 people in support of the Jakarta-based band "Nidji" when the head covering that she was obliged to wear in the sharia-law province got caught in the wind and fell off, revealing her head, and the hair on top of it. Because of this she had to leave the stage and the concert ended abruptly.
Rebecca Soejati Reijman.
Although she is not Muslim Rebecca said she didn't mind covering herself up in order that her Aceh-based fans could see her live but apparently some people were not happy with the effort that she had made, even before the headwear fell off. What was covering her upper body did not extend all the way and left her
hands visible, causing some people to mutter in disapproval, it is said.
The concert almost didn't take place at all because various Islamic groups and clerics put up some stiff resistance. Fakhruddin bin Asyimi of the Anti Sin League (Badan Anti Maksiat, BAM) said on 25th August: serambinews
It's not only Nidji, but the other singers shouldn't be allowed to perform here.
Music concerts were:
not in accord with the culture of Aceh and Islamic values.
Holding the concert would be:
a big mistake, it would embarrass and tarnish Islamic law.
Concert-goers might get up to no good:
We want the concert cancelled because violations of Islamic law could occur there.
Nevertheless the concert went ahead, with 150 policemen standing guard.
Maybe because I'm not Muslim they think it's against Islamic law [for me to appear on stage in a concert].
Yet still more woe was to befall Rebecca on her sojourn to the Veranda of Mecca. After the concert she was unable to leave her hotel for some time in order to catch a flight back to Jakarta because the event organizers, Dian Asmara, hadn't paid the full hotel bill. okezone
Rebecca, singing "Tanpamu".