Politically Controversial Performances

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James Brown President Mobutu Sese Sek

Mobutu Sese Seko, president of Zaire (now named the Democratic Republic of Congo), tapped the Godfather of Soul along with B.B. King, Celia Cruz and Bill Withers for a 1974 music festival. Seko is accused of torture and embezzlement.

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