Boy Better Know‘s Skepta has just recently announced the release date of his fourth studio album, ‘Konnichiwa’, and had plans to return to the US for a mini promotional tour, and to perform at the Coachella Festival.
Unfortunatley, Skepta has been refused entry into the US, and took to social media to inform his fans of the current situation. He said; “Love to everybody that wanted to see me on tour this month, my U.S visa has been denied and I am not allowed in America right now. Still taking forward steps and forever working with God. Brb.”
While the Tottenham MC, states that he is pushing forward with this issue in the hope that it will be resolved, he will not be able to perform at Coachella this weekend, and it’s unclear at this stage whether his scheduled performances over the next month will take place.
The reason why he was denied a US work permit has not been disclosed to the public at this time, and may appear strange as Skepta had spent much time last year performing in the US. However, Skepta, is not the only artist to be denied entry into the US, there have been others affected by the tightening of the US entry policy. This has resulted in longer waiting times for the documentation to be processed, which has proven to be a challenge for artist trying enter the US to promote their music.
The BBC reports that in some cases artist are required to prove that they are have attained a certain level of success before they are allowed entry.
Skepta‘s album ‘Konnichiwa’ is now available for pre order, and will be released on May 6 on Boy Better Know.
16th April 2016
w/c 11th April 2016