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Madonna eyes Carthage appearance … but wants germ-free stage

JEDDAH: American pop star Madonna is in talks with the organizers of the International Festival of Carthage to perform at the annual Tunisian music extravaganza.
Nessma TV reported that both sides have agreed on $450,000 payment for the 58-year old singer, but she had a very specific, unusual condition — she asked the festival management to provide a certificate stating that the places where she will stay and perform are both free of any contagious diseases.
The 53rd edition of the Carthage festival will be held from July 13 to Aug. 19. It will feature 19 performances, including one by Turkish artist and actor Halit Ergenç, who acquired widespread popularity in the Arab world through his role as the magnificent Sultan Suleiman in the Hareem Al–Sultan show.
French singer Charles Aznavour will be paid 800,000 Tunisian dinars ($331,500) for performing at the fest, reported Nessma TV.
In the past, the festival has played host to Youssou N’Dour, Dalida, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Alpha Blondy, Joe Cocker, Serge Lama and Gérard Lenorman. It has been the venue of several plays, folk dances and ballet performances.