NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 8:34 PM
Nicki Minaj is going to be performing in a country widely criticized for its human rights abuses.
She’s got beef with Miley Cyrus, but Nicki Minaj is fine with dictators.
The hip hop superstar will fly to Angola, ruled by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, to perform for “millions” at the Show Unitel Boas Festas on Dec.19. And in a twist of irony, dos Santos currently has democracy activists who questioned human rights abuses locked up without charges or a trial. The group, known as the Angola 15, includes some musicians, like Angolan hip-hop artist Luaty Beirao. Hear that Nicki?
Screengrab from video posted by Unitel that shows Nicki Minaj is booked to perform at its holiday party. The organization is controlled by the family of Angola dictator Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
The gig was flagged by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, whose Africa Policy Director, Jeffrey Smith told [email protected]: “Nicki Minaj is following in the footsteps of Mariah Carey, callously taking money from a dictator who’s been in power for nearly four decades and who has effectively and ruthlessly choked free expression, setting a horrible precedent not only for Angola, but for the entire region. This sustained crackdown on basic human rights in Angola has swept up activists, opposition members, journalists, and even musicians, including Luaty Beirão, part of the collective now known as the Angola 15, who was until recently on a hunger strike to protest his inhumane treatment in prison.”
Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for nearly four decades.
The Human Rights Foundation has asked the rapper to cancel the appearance, but a video promoting the Christmas festival has the rapper herself saying she’ll be there.
Nicki Minaj performs onstage in an October concert. In Angola, free expression is limited.
“It’s on Saturday, there’s still plenty of time for her to cancel,” said Daniel Cronin, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “Maybe she could go play a concert for people who need cheering up right now, like in San Bernardino.”