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Toby Keith performed a concert for an audience of men in Saudi Arabia during President Donald Trump’s diplomatic visit on Saturday.
Keith, author of a song parenthetically titled “The Angry American,” performed the free show alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer in the nation’s capital, Riyadh, on a stage lined with red, white and blue lights and American flags. 
Some in attendance captured photos and video of the “historic” event to share on social media.
Keith played some of his own material, including the song “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” in addition to some instrumental music with Saqer.

Thank You ❤️ ​@GEA_SA ​@RabehSaqer ​@TobyKeithMusic ​#حفلة_رابح_صقر_وتوبي_كيث pic.twitter.com/Y0LhrsZwKd— Mủd. (@92Mud) May 20, 2017

Another epic moment @rabehsaqer playing oud (Arabian lute) on @officialtobykeith song #history #historyinthemaking #wemakethingshappen #nextlevel #nextlevelagency #oud #guitar #riyadh #saudiarabia #usa #follow @nextlevelagency A post shared by Andrey K. [Dre] (@nextlevelagent) on May 20, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT

One Twitter user noted that “no one seemed to know who Keith was” ― the crowd “went nuts” for Saqer ― but overall the show was “fun.”

A halalified Toby Keith and Rabeh Sagir. No one seemed to know who Keith was but had fun. Then went nuts for Rabeh pic.twitter.com/Tf7sPpyUha— taimur khan (@taimurkhan) May 20, 2017

New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard tweeted a photo of the crowd of men, some of whom snapped pictures or filmed the show on their phones.

@nytimes @nytimesworld @realDonaldTrump Happening now. @TobyKeithMusic in Riyadh. pic.twitter.com/ycOSn6g8rO— Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen) May 20, 2017

An Associated Press reporter stated on Twitter that Trump caught part of the show ― as he and first lady Melania Trump did a “slow roll” past a live stream in a golf cart. (The White House travel pool also caught the performance, reporter Julie Pace noted.)
In Riyadh, Trump’s visit was promoted with billboards sporting his face next to that of King Salman on highways lined with Saudi and American flags.
Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia is his first overseas trip since taking office. He is scheduled to meet with leaders of Muslim countries to discuss relations. So far, he has reportedly kept to his talking points and discussed job creation between Saudis and the U.S.
The president is also set to visit Israel, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy. 
Some on Twitter had previously observed that Keith, author of songs “I Like This Bar” and “Drunk Americans,” was an unexpected choice to perform in the highly conservative Saudi Arabia, which forbids alcohol and prevents unrelated men and women from mingling in public. The country singer is known for inserting strongly pro-American themes in his music.

Toby Keith is traveling with Trump to Saudi Arabia. He wrote this song about bombing Muslims: pic.twitter.com/OSziMEy9hB— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) May 20, 2017

Citing his “duty” to perform for his country, Keith sang at Trump’s inaugural ceremony in January. Later, he told CNN that he “hate[s] politics” and “we’ve never had a leader in this country that I agreed with across the board on everything they do.”
“It seems like we get divided more and more all the time,” he told the outlet.
Catch a bit more of his Middle East performance below.

Toby Keith and Rabih Saqar #الرياض first county music concert in #Riyadh A post shared by Sultan Batawi (@sultan_batawi) on May 20, 2017 at 12:09pm PDT

I guess we will see history tonight between #countryMusic and #SaudiMusic here in #Riyadh @TobyKeith and @Rabeeh #tobykeith #رابح_صقر #الرياض... A post shared by Sultan Batawi (@sultan_batawi) on May 20, 2017 at 11:37am PDT

Epic moment from today's show @rabehsaqer inviting @officialtobykeith to join him on stage and play a guitar part on his song #friendship between 2 nations #saudiarabia #usa #riyadh #tobykeith #RabehSaqer #nextlevel #nextlevelagency #wemakethingshappen #history #historyinthemaking #follow @nextlevelagency #countrymusic #arabicmusic #worldmusic A post shared by Andrey K. [Dre] (@nextlevelagent) on May 20, 2017 at 4:35pm PDT

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