Waka Flocka Flame’s scheduled tour Down Under has been nixed after the Australian government apparently denied the rapper entry due to his recent drugs and gun offenses.
Waka Flocka was meant to play four venues in Australia and two in New Zealand later this month, though promoters on Monday called off the shows.
Tour promoter Robin Fernando today announced, “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.”
The Atlanta artist’s visa for New Zealand had been approved, Fernando noted, though the situation in Australia had made the long-haul trip unviable. Dates would be rescheduled at an unspecified time later in the year, according to Fernando, which had set up the now-postponed visit in conjunction with Illusive Entertainment (part of Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group).
No doubt Australian government officials caught Waka’s kooky pro-pot presidential bid video. And they didn’t see the funny side.
It’s not the first time Waka Flocka (a.k.a Juaquin James Malphurs) has scrapped a planned tour to these parts. Slingshot Touring had lined-up a tour in 2014 which unraveled just prior to Christmas 2013. Fans were told the visit would be held off until later in the year, though the shows never eventuated.