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Erykah Badu

Human rights activists have a bone to pick with Erykah Badu after her recent performance at the birthday party of Swaziland's King Mswati III. Activists demanded an explanation for the performance stating that King Mswati III lives in "obscene luxury" while the rest of his country is subjected to extreme "poverty for less than $2 a day." Badu responded to the critics stating that the king did not pay her for the performance, nor was it planned. She was already recording her sixth album in South Africa and sang "Happy Birthday" as a favor to her friend Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo, who was throwing a party for the king.

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