Reporter's Notebook: Saudi Arabia changes its tune on music in public

Reporter's Notebook: Saudi Arabia changes its tune on music in public

A rap concert was the last thing I expected to see in Saudi Arabia.After all, this is a country so conservative, so puritanical in its official interpretation of Islam, that for decades there was almost no music played in public at all. Not in stadiums or theaters. Not in restaurants or malls. Not in elevators.But on the outskirts of Riyadh, at an amusement park on the edge of the desert, there it was: rap music.It’s all part of the sweeping changes being unleashed in Saudi Arabia by the 32-y...