American actor John Travolta and singer Nelly are in Saudi Arabia as the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom undergoes a vast ‘modernisation’ plan launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Travolta was in the capital Riyadh for a discussion Friday on ‘the secrets of Hollywood’, and rapper Nelly gave a concert Thursday in Jeddah on the west coast.
Only men were allowed to Nelly’s performance. For which US media had reported he would not rap about women or marijuana.
“It’s amazing to have your music transcend and be accepted globally. Not just by where you come from but also by people who have never met you or seen you before. ” the 42-year-old Nelly told reporters before his performance.”
Hollywood star Travolta was in Riyadh Friday to meet fans and talk about his artistic career and Tinseltown.
Half of the Saudi population is aged under 25. And both events are being held under Prince Mohammed’s drive to modernize the kingdom. Enshrined in the ‘Vision 2030’ plan unveiled in April last year.