Yasiin Bey Announces Final Live Shows Before Retirement
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:23:33
The rapper Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has announced that he will end his performing career in December of this year. To mark his retirement from live performances he will appear for some special East Coast shows in December and early into the new year.
Bey will perform at New York City's Apollo Theater on December 21st and at Washington D.C.'s the Kennedy Center Concert Hall from December 31st through January 2nd.
For the shows, Bey will perform tracks from a different album each night, including 1999's Black on Both Sides, 2004's The New Danger, 2006's True Magic and 2009's The Ecstatic. He has not yet disclosed which nights he'll be performing which album. The dates will also be an opportunity for the rapper to share new material that he’s been working on, and it’s promised that he will welcome surprise special guests at each show. The New Year's Eve gig will feature a post-show party in the Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Upon retiring from performing Bey has shared his intention to relocate to Africa where he will focus on an arts, culture and lifestyle collective named A Country Called Earth. He also hopes to explore painting and the visual arts. The Apollo Theater and Kennedy Center will display artworks from the collective.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff