Famous Afrobeats artist Rema has claimed that a group of females who are allegedly being sought out by the Iranian authorities for starting a viral dance routine to his song “inspired” him. The girls filmed a TikTok video of themselves dancing in front of a Tehran tower block to the song “Calm Down” by Nigerian musician Rema on March 8 to commemorate International Women’s Day.
The females may all be seen without a headscarf and wearing crop tops, both against Iranian law and dancing in public. Many people viewed the film as a show of resistance, and now the Iranian authorities are looking for the five girls, per local sources. Rema, whose song and its subsequent remix with American singer Selena Gomez peaked at number one on the US Afrobeats charts, posted on social media in support of the girls
To all the beautiful women who are fighting for a better world, I’m inspired by you, I sing for you and I dream with you. ✊🏿🤍🇮🇷 https://t.co/sOCQjZnlpB
— REMA (@heisrema) March 14, 2023
Unknown if they were under any pressure, the girls returned to the location where the video was shot and apologized. Despite the apologies, ladies have been posting videos of themselves dancing to the Rema song on Instagram and TikTok, making the routine a social media fad throughout Iran. It happened after months of protests in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who passed away while in the custody of the law for defying the nation’s rigidly enforced Islamic dress code. Mahsa was arrested for wearing non-Islamic clothing.