According to the Canadian French-language newspaper Le Devoir, Alade will no longer perform at the festival’s final closing concert on Sunday, July 14 due to visa denial.
Previously, the singer was announced as one of the headliners of the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival.
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In response to the news, festival co-founder Suzanne Rousseau stated that the visa denial was due to “financial reasons, as well as fears that the group would not leave Canada.”
Rousseau also complained that obtaining a visitor’s visa has been difficult for “at least five years.”
She added: “Finally, we got an answer saying the musicians were refused, saying they have to guarantee that they have enough financial means that will make them go back to their country.”
According to Rousseau, Yemi Alade will be replaced by Sampa The Great, a Zambian-born Australian-based female rapper.