DUBAI, 3 JULY - The provocative rapper Nicki Minaj will perform in Saudi Arabia, as a further sign of the ultraconservative opening monarchy to the world.
The rapper born in Trinidad and naturalized US, known for her desecrating texts, at the 2012 Grammy Awards had been criticized by Christian groups for a performance that included a dance of priests and the representation of an exorcism. Minaj will perform on July 18 at the Jeddah World Fest, which will be broadcast on MTV. For the occasion, electronic visas have been promised for foreigners, but the ban on alcohol consumption will remain. But on social media, there was no shortage of protests from some Saudi women: "Will she be dressed in a provocative way with her indecent songs about sex and we must dress the abaya (a dress that keeps only the face uncovered)?" post. In recent months the kingdom has hosted performances by international stars such as Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, rapper Sean Paul and DJs David Guetta and Tiesto