September 2, 2013 12:07

Kanye West performs lucrative private gig for president of Kazakhstan - watch

The rapper was reportedly paid £1.9m to play live at the wedding of the politician's grandson

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Kanye West was reportedly paid £1.9m to perform a private gig for the President of Kazakhstan this weekend.

Billboard reports that West performed at the Hotel Royal Tulip in the Kazakhstan capital Almaty on Saturday (August 31) where a party to celebrate president Nursultan Nazarbayev's grandson's wedding was taking place. A video shot by people attending the private concert appeared on Instagram and can be seen below. It shows West performing 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' during his set.

Zazarbeyev is a controversial figure in politics, with allegations of corruption dogging the Kazakh leader. In 2011, Sting pulled out of an arranged concert for the president over claims of human rights violations on oil workers in the country.



Meanwhile, a priest has defended Kanye West from accusations of blasphemy levelled at his track 'I Am A God'. Father Matthew Moretz, the associate director of the St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, has defended the rapper from criticism and claimed people should "give Kanye a break" over the song's controversial lyrics.

Kanye West released 'Yeezus' in June of this year, with the album subsequently debuting at Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart. Earlier this week, it was reported that the rapper had recruited Miley Cyrus to work with him on a remix of his track 'Black Skinhead'.

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