Meanwhile! Pro-democracy demonstrators have been brutally beaten back in Swaziland, but that hasn't put a damper on the royal family's fun. They courted the youth non-vote by booking cackling US rapper JADAKISS to do a concert there last week. Unfortunately, the event suffered a major boycott by democratic activists, who claimed the concert was a publicity stunt for the royals.

The event went ahead anyway, though the Times of Swaziland reported that fewer than 200 persons showed up — most of them members of the royal family. The minister of culture denied that the boycott had had any effect on attendance; he placed the blame elsewhere. "People should not ask themselves or scratch their heads when you announce the line-up, in particular the draw-card artist."

Yep: it's the Swazi government's position that nobody showed up at its pro-oppression booster concert because Jadakiss sucks. Not a good look, Jadakiss. Seriously, consider hanging up your hat.

David Thorpe |dthorpe@phx.com@ARR

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