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US Rapper Nicki Minaj to perform at Jeddah Season Cultural Festival

Attempts to reduce restrictions on entertainment in the ultraconservative Kingdom, Saudi Arabia may be on the spotlight again has American Rap Star Nicki Minaj will perform in Jeddah later this month.

However, the concert, in line with Saudi laws, will be alcohol and drug-free, open to people 16 and older and will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city. 

Saudi organisers said at a press conference Wednesday that Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, will headline the festival on July 18.

Minaj is known for her outlandish performances and flamboyant, hyper-sexualised image. Her music videos often feature figure-hugging, skin-bearing outfits and provocative dancing.

Her lyrics are laced with profanities and Minaj’s songs mainly address sex, rumoured liaisons with other rappers and female empowerment.

Saudi Arabia is promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend.

Local media reported the headline act, to be televised on MTV, will also feature British musician Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki.

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