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Kanye West

Paid Millions to Perform

In Borat Land

9/1/2013 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0901_kanye_Kazakhstan_gettyKanye West raked in MILLIONS of dollars this weekend to play a gig in ... wait for it ... waaaaait for it ... KAZAKHSTAN!!! Very nice.

Our Central Asian sources tell us ... Kanye was invited by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to perform at his grandson's wedding Saturday night in Almaty at the Hotel Royal Tulip. Very nice.

We're told Kanye was paid a hefty sum -- in the neighborhood of $3 mil -- to perform his big hits, including "Can't Tell Me Nothing". One of the wedding guests posted this video of KW on stage.


FYI -- Kazakhstan's prez is reportedly worth billions, and is considered by some to be an ardent dictator who rigs elections. In 2011, Sting backed out of a paid gig for Nazarbayev due to alleged mistreatment of oil workers in the country. Not so nice.

OTHER FACTS ABOUT KAZAKHSTAN: Sacha Baron Cohen did NOT invent it for "Borat." It was once part of the Soviet Union. Its currency is a Tenge. Oil and livestock are a pretty big deal.

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Sally    

What a worthless, nasty, piece of no talent - he and Kim K make a good pair. Cannot imagine either one of them with fans, much less earning money.

424 days ago
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Kim    

Instead of buying into TMZ's attempt for some type of story maybe you all should go learn about the country before buying the crap that they are pushing, this is how these tabloids and blogs get you people, they expect that you will buy what they are selling without doing your research, they feed off of ignorance, hate and envy. You hate the person so you buy in, you envy the person so you buy in, you are too ignorant to do the research for yourselves so you buy in, that is what they depend on, like him or not Kanye is an intelligent man, he is not stupid.

424 days ago
18.

Demi    

Now, you greedy mofo, go and pull a J Lo and get Benny Medina to say that he made you do it.... Pieces of S***....

424 days ago
19.

static    

They hate America there so I'm sure he feels right at home.

424 days ago
20.

Hotmale_Dotcom    

Kanye West doesn't care about Kazakhstani people.

424 days ago
21.

Meanie    

Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll stay there.

424 days ago
22.

CathyJ    

Did Jennifer Lopez open for him?

424 days ago
23.

notalawyer    

PimpMomager told him to get out there and TAKE their money... Bank accounts are running dry

424 days ago
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Kim    

Very interesting that our leaders, including the present one don't have a problem interacting and meeting and taking pictures with their leader.

424 days ago
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Kim    

PRESIDENT OBAMA(2012): It is wonderful to see once again President Nazarbayev from Kazakhstan. And I want to first of all congratulate him on his leadership for the issues that are going to be discussed over the next two days.

424 days ago
26.

Jordan    

A Kardashian can be bought as long as the price is right.

424 days ago
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Kim    

UK PM Cameron promotes business ties with Kazakhstan
July 2, 2013 astanakaz No comments

Over the weekend, UK Prime Minister in his first visit to Kazakhstan inked a $1 billion trade agreement that would help promote trade and create jobs for both Kazakhs and British citizens. Also, the deal would help with security and defence

424 days ago
28.

pat    

And Americans, Canadians and Europeans will stupidly continue to buy tickets to his shows.


Problem is if it doesn't concern them that a dictator tortures and kills people, they just don't give a sh*t.


What's wrong with this picture?

424 days ago
29.

Kim    

I put all of this information out there to show some of you why you should not be sheep to these tabs and blogs, they feed your ignorance and you buy into it. DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!!

424 days ago
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Kim    

President Obama expressed appreciation for Kazakhstan's humanitarian, economic and educational support for the Afghan people, including the decision by the Government of Kazakhstan to contribute $50 million to a new program to educate Afghans at Kazakh universities. The Presidents discussed ways to enhance Kazakhstan's critical role in the Northern Distribution Network and welcomed a new bilateral agreement enabling U.S. cargo flights across Kazakhstan.

424 days ago
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