Mos Def Permitted to Leave South Africa Following Apology
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:09:33
Mos Def, also known as Yasiin Bey, will be permitted to leave South Africa after he apologized to the country's government for violating its immigration laws.
The Home Affairs Department explained in a statement that "[He] has unreservedly apologized to the Government of South Africa... The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him." South Africa will place Bey on its list of undesirable persons after he exits the country, and he will not be allowed to return.
The rapper was arrested in January, after reportedly overstaying his visitor's permit, and attempting to leave the country on a "world passport". The "world passport" is issued by the World Service Authority, a nonprofit which aims "to provide a global political service institution for the installation and maintenance of world peace."
Though the WSA claims there are one million registered world citizens, many countries do not acknowledge "world passports" as legal travel documents or as proof of identity.
Despite his legal battles, Bey continued to make music this year. He released a bunch of new material like tracks, "Local Time" and "Dec. 99th - N.A.W." He also featured on collaborations with with BADBADNOTGOOD and A Tribe Called Red.
In October, via a Facebook video, the rapper suggested he would retire this year. "I do have one or two films that I made commitments to earlier, before I announced my retirement… Apart from that, I'm moving onto other things, still being creative: you know, definitely fashion, textiles, and just art. Whatever I can create that's beautiful and useful, that's what I wanna do."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff