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Yasiin Bey Permitted to Leave South Africa

Yasiin Bey, f.k.a. Mos Def, is finally allowed to leave South Africa following a successful apology to the Home Affairs Department.

Ten months since his legal woes began, Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, is now permitted to leave South Africa. Bey, whose legal name is Dante Terrell Smith, will leave the country Tuesday evening following a written apology to Home Affairs, which the department has accepted.


"[He] has unreservedly apologized to the Government of South Africa," Home Affairs explained in a statement. "The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him."

Bey was arrested in January while attempting to leave South Africa using a document called a “world passport.” A week later, he revealed his plans to retire from music and acting at the end of the year and put out his final album. And while there’s still no word on a release date for the final album he promised, Bey has been using his time in Cape Town to record and release a steady stream of new tracks alongside his longtime collaborator and A Country Called Earth co-founder, Ferrari Sheppard, under their Dec. 99th moniker.

He confirmed his impending retirement last month, calling 2016 his “retirement party year.”

2016 may also be Bey's actual final party in S.A. Having been declared an “undesirable person” in terms of Section 30 of South Africa’s Immigration Act, he will not qualify for re-entry or admission to South Africa in the future, Home Affairs said in a statement. He may however apply for a waiver, for good cause, in terms of Section 2 of the Immigration Act of 2002.

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The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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