Mos Def Cancels U.S. Tour Because He Can’t Get Into the Country

By Courtney E. Smith

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has canceled his upcoming U.S. tour, according to a statement on the website for the music festival Together Boston.

The reason? Due to “immigration/legal issues” that preclude his re-entry to the United States.

Bey doesn’t appear to have issued a statement himself and no clarity on exactly what the issues may be are available, but he was scheduled to play the festival on Thursday, May 15.

Related: Mos Def Speaks Out Against Gitmo Force-Feeding By Undergoing Procedure

The rapper moved to Cape Town, South Africa, from his native Brooklyn one year ago. Rolling Stone captured his keynote speech in March to Music Exchange, a conference for film, music and entertainment. In it he spoke about his time in New York and his disenchantment with America, saying, “Sure, [Cape Town is] a beautiful place, you got the ocean, the mountain, the botanical garden, the beautiful people, the history, the culture, the struggle and everything — maaan, let me tell you something, for a guy like me, who had five or six generations not just in America but in one town in America to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America.”

There is no word on if this would affect any Mos Def appearances with De La Soul’s summer tour.


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