American rapper, Nicki Minaj invites by Saudi Arabia to headline the Jeddah world music festival

American rapper, Nicki Minaj has been invited by Saudi Arabia to perform in the country this month in an unusual move for the famously conservative kingdom.
Minaj is scheduled to headline the Jeddah World Fest, a music and performance festival, on July 18. DJ Steve Aoki and singer Liam Payne have also been announced, and the kingdom is offering quick online visas for international visitors.
This year, Mariah Carey held her own concert in Saudi Arabia, despite backlash from women’s rights activists. It’s all part of an economic overhaul under Vision 2030, an effort to reduce the kingdom’s reliance on oil. The kingdom is attempting to create economic activity at home and encourage citizens to spend their money within its borders.

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