Muslims Barred From Black Eyed Peas Concert

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Malaysia's government has barred Muslims from a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas next month near the capital Kuala Lumpur. An official says because the event is organized by Irish beer giant Guinness, Muslims may not attend. Malaysia's population is more than half Muslim.

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

Good morning. It was going to be a big event for the band the Black Eyed Peas: a concert in Malaysia to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Guinness Beer. Only problem is, Malaysia's population is more than half Muslim, and the government now says Muslims cannot attend a concert sponsored by an alcohol company. The Black Eyed Peas themselves famously sang…

(Soundbite of song, "Where is the Love?")

BLACK EYED PEAS (Pop Group): (Singing) Where is the love? Where is the love?

SHAPIRO: It's MORNING EDITION.

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