Lucky for Waka Flocka Flame, presidential campaigns are reserved to your home country. Unlucky for the rapper, he has been denied a visa to tour Australia due to drug and firearm charges against him. Flame was scheduled to perform at four venues in Australia and two in New Zealand and while New Zealand approved his visit, Australia did not. He has subsequently canceled all six dates.
Flame, born Juaquin James Malphurs, turned himself into authorities after his house was raided in 2011 and was booked for possession of marijuana and hydrocodone, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violation of probation for driving on a suspended license. Last October, he was arrested at the Atlanta airport for carrying a gun in his carry-on at the airport.
Tour promoter Robin Fernanda announced the news on Facebook. His statement is re-printed in its entirety below.
Robin Fernando, in conjunction with Illusive Entertainment (part of The Mushroom Group), regret to announce that this month’s planned tour of Australia and New Zealand by Waka Flocka Flame has been postponed.
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.
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.
All ticket holders will be contacted for an immediate refund by Non Stop Tix, and will receive prior notification of Waka Flocka’s new tour dates and guaranteed presale tickets for the new shows.
We apologise 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.