Mos Def Leaves South Africa and Return to the U.S

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FILE - In this March 24, 2016 file photo, American actor and musician Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, leaves the Bellville Magistrates' Court in Bellville, South Africa. Bey, who announced he was retiring from the music business after getting into a legal fight in South Africa, will take the stage at the Apollo Theater on Dec. 21 and then play the Kennedy Center from Dec. 31-Jan. 2. The 42-year-old rapper and actor was charged with trying to leave South Africa while using a passport not recognized by that country. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

FILE – In this March 24, 2016 file photo, American actor and musician Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, leaves the Bellville Magistrates’ Court in Bellville, South Africa. Bey, who announced he was retiring from the music business after getting into a legal fight in South Africa, will take the stage at the Apollo Theater on Dec. 21 and then play the Kennedy Center from Dec. 31-Jan. 2. The 42-year-old rapper and actor was charged with trying to leave South Africa while using a passport not recognized by that country. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

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.

Johannesburg/New York AP

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