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Black Eyed Peas gig ban reversed

Black Eyed Peas perform in California - 9 August 2009
The Black Eyed Peas have been topping the charts this year

The Malaysian government has reversed a ban on Muslims attending a concert by the Black Eyed Peas in Kuala Lumpur.

Officials had imposed the ban because the show is being sponsored by Irish beer giant Guinness.

A culture ministry official said the ban was lifted late last week but did not give any further details as to why.

Government regulations forbid alcohol firms from organising public concerts, but the Black Eyed Peas gig had been allowed in order to boost tourism.

The concert is part of worldwide celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Guinness' flagship brewery in Dublin.

However the company will not be allowed to sell its famous black stout at the Peas event or use its logo in publicity material.

Muslims account for nearly 60% of Malaysia's 27 million people and they are barred from consuming alcohol under Islamic laws.

Performances by other touring pop stars such as Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne have faced opposition in Malaysia from conservative Muslims protesting about immodest clothing, forcing the artists to wear clothes that revealed little skin.



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