Ciara Lives It Up in Kazakhstan

Ciara journeyed to Kazakhstan last week for a private performance and a little time to relax before she dives back into the promo schedule for her album Basic Instinct. In this photo, the R&B chanteuse is pictured enjoying a meal in an outdoor courtyard while smoking from a hookah, a water pipe popular in the country. She was accompanied by her friends, including makeup artist Yolonda Frederick and hair stylist Kiyah Wright.

“We had the most amazing, fabulous, unbelievable, fantastic time with our friends!” wrote Wright. “I was so sad to leave!! Had so much fun.”

In related news, Ciara plans to announce the official release date for her album soon. “A lot of sites have been posting false new release dates for my lp, I will be giving u the OFFICIAL album release date shortly!:) So Excited,” she tweeted.

Ciara and friends Ciara and Jennifer Ilya Vyalcev and Ciara

Photos via Kiyah Wright, @mic__mouse, and @boogsneffect