Nigerian Singer Shina Peters to Perform in Israel in October

Nigerian singer Shina Peters, who was banned from entering Israel by the Interior Ministry, will arrive in Israel and give two performances at the beginning of October.

Peters was to perform in Israel on August 30, but his performance was cancelled following a decision by Batya Carmon, responsible for entry visas at the Interior Ministry, to deny him and his group of musicians and dancers entry into the country. Carmon argued that allowing Peters into Israel would encourage illegal workers from Africa.

Three human rights groups and a fan of Peters submitted a petition against the ministry's decision to the High Court of Justice, which ruled that Peters may perform in Israel.

Peters began his musical career in the 1970s, specializing in Afro Juju music, which combines hymns, jazz and afro-beat, using traditional African instruments. He launched his solo career in the 1980s.

The Doggland band, whose Nigerian members live in Israel, will accompany Peters in Israel, together with 12 dancers.

Peters and his band will perform Wednesday, October 3 at 7 P.M. in the Wohl Amphitheater in Tel Aviv and on Saturday, October 6 at 5 P.M. at the Mineral Beach along the Dead Sea.