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Mos Def to Say Farewell With Concerts in NYC, Washington

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    Mos Def to Say Farewell With Concerts in NYC, Washington
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    Musician Mos Def performs during a party for Google's new music search on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    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.

    The 42-year-old rapper and actor was charged with trying to leave South Africa while using a passport not recognized by that country. 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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