The Together music festival in Boston wrote on its website: “We regret to inform you that due to immigration/ legal issues, Yasiin Bey is unable to enter back into the United States and his upcoming U.S. tour has been canceled.”
The details of the issues are unclear, but Bey no longer lives in the U.S., having moved to South Africa.
He recently told Rolling Stone about the move: “I lived in Brooklyn 33 years of my life. I thought I’d be buried in that place. And around seven years ago, I was like, you know, ‘I gotta go, I gotta leave.’ It’s very hard to leave. And I lived in a lot of places. Central America. North America. Europe for a while. And I came to Cape Town in 2009 and it just hit me. I was like, ‘Yeah.’ I know when a good vibe gets to you. And, you know, I thought about this place every day from when I left.
“I’m not here just for like middle-class comfort, you know. Sure, it’s 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.”
He has previously lamented tour immigration issues, blaming institutional racism on the track Mr. N***a: “But I go over seas and I get over-seized / London, Heathrow, me and my people / They think that illegal’s a synonym for negro.”