UPDATE: During an interview with OkayAfrica, Bey’s official rep claims that the allegations against him are wrong. He was leaving the country to play a music festival in Ethiopia with a legal World Passport (which is a real thing) and was accused of forging it. Bey was also supposedly detained for at least two days. Read the whole interview above.
Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) has been hopping from country to country for a number of years at this point, but the Brooklyn rapper just recently hit a snag while away in South Africa.
According to the New York Times, Bey (real name Dante Smith) attempted to leave South Africa on January 9 by presenting a fake “world passport” and was turned away before being arrested in Cape Town yesterday (January 14). He and his family had been in the country legally since 2013, but their visa had expired in 2014, said Department of Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete.
Bey appeared in court earlier today, where he, his wife, and their four children were ordered to leave the country in 14 days. He’ll be banned from entering the country for five years, but can appeal that decision.
Hardly what I’d call A Country Called Earth.