SYDNEY Australia (CelebrityAccess) — Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has been forced to postpone his planned tour of Australia after the country's Department of Immigration and Border Protection denied him a visa, due to his past legal trouble.
"Unfortunately Waka Flocka's entry into Australia was denied by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection, due to his recent arrest(s) on both firearms and drug charges," New Zealand tour promoter Robin Fernando said on his Facebook page in a post explaining the delay. "While a VISA into New Zealand had been approved, the Australian situation means that Waka Flocka's tour to this part of the world will no longer take place at this time, and will be rescheduled for later in the year."
Flame, whose real name is Juaquin James Malphurs, was planning to perform in 4 cities in Australia and 2 in New Zealand for the outing.
The tour's promoters say they are working to ensure that Flame is granted access to the two nations in time for the next show.
"We apologize for the inconvenience this causes, as hip hop fans ourselves we are gutted to not be seeing Waka Flocka play in New Zealand as planned, however we are committed to bringing the world's best hip-hop acts to our shores, and will continue to do so," Fernando's statement added.
Waka Flocka Flame was arrested late last year after carrying an unlicensed firearm through airport security. He had previously been arrested in 2011 after a police raid on his home where authorities found marijuana, hydrocodone and a firearm. – Staff Writers