Yasiin Bey – formerly known as Mos Def – will say goodbye to fans in a series of concerts in December in New York and Washington, D.C.
The hip-hop star has announced he is retiring from the music business after getting into a legal fight in South Africa. He will take the stage at the Apollo Theater on Dec. 21 and then play the Kennedy Center from Dec. 31-Jan. 2.
Earlier this year, 42-year-old Bey was arrested in Cape Town following an attempt to leave South Africa using a document called a “world passport,” which South Africa does not recognize as valid. The rapper and actor was charged. He has been allowed to leave but will be denied re-entry.
Bey’s farewell concerts will include songs from his albums “The New Danger,” “True Magic,” “The Ecstatic” and “Black on Both Sides,” as well as new material.
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