Mos Def has addressed his chosen African attire that’s left many talking. The 40-year-old, recently converted Muslim – who now goes by the name Yasiin Bey – has revealed his decision to take it from Brooklyn, to the Mother Land… now calling Cape Town, South African his home.
“For a guy like me, with five or six generations from the same town in America, to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America.”
Bey says it was about four-years ago when a 2009 trip to Cape Town sparked his fascinated with the South African city — leading the Brooklyn native to pack up and make the big move, back in May 2013. He explains… the “wrap from Ghana” is what he’s now most “comfortable in at home.”
Here’s what Yasiin Bey told ATL Nights:
”People were like, ‘You’re crazy. It’s light years away. They’re crazy. They’re going to eat you. You shouldn’t go there. I said, ‘I’m going’.
I’ve been some places … some of the best places in Europe and the US. Amazing talents and amazing places. But no place is like Africa, no place. I got the vibes to be here and now I’m here. It’s amazing and it’s crazy. South Africa is crazy. Cape Town is crazy. I’ve seen some of the craziest people in my life walk down Long Street, and I’m from New York.
I love Brooklyn. New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing. That’s how I feel about it. It was a hard thing to leave home, but I’m glad I did.
The determination of people that I see in this city and country … writers, graphic designers, painters, so many fantastic people. Yet I see the same people, many of them doubtful or fearful or feeling that what they have to offer is beautiful only to them but that it is not valuable to the world.”
Yes, it is crazy, but that’s okay. Hope has never been and will never be lost.”