The hip hop star, who now goes by the name Yasiin Bey, was granted permission to leave South Africa on Tuesday (22Nov16). He had been kept in the country after being arrested on charges of using a false passport and an unrecognised travel document in January this year (16).

South African officials subsequently confirmed on Wednesday that he had left the country the previous day using a U.S. passport.

Not long after his arrest the 42-year-old announced his imminent retirement from the entertainment industry but was forced to cancel planned gigs due to his ongoing legal troubles.

After apologising to immigration officials the charges were dropped, and Bey has now announced he will be performing in New York and Washington D.C. over the Christmas and New Year period.

The four farewell performances include one at New York City's Apollo Theater on 21 December and three concerts on consecutive nights at the U.S. capital's Kennedy Center, beginning on New Year's Eve (31Dec16).

Apollo Theater executive producer Kamilah Forbes told, "We’re so excited to collaborate with the Kennedy Center on what will be a milestone moment in not only hip-hop history but also in popular culture.”

The performances will be Bey’s final ones in North America, with two London concerts originally scheduled for October but postponed due to his passport troubles slated for 26 and 27 January (17).

His January arrest came after he allegedly presented a World Passport issued by U.S. non-profit organisation the World Service Authority when attempting to travel from Cape Town International Airport. The document is not recognised by South Africa's government.

In the YouTube clip in which he announced his imminent retirement, the rapper, who has also appeared in films including The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, slammed South African authorities and said he would release his first album in seven years in 2016.

"I'm retiring from the music recording industry as it is currently assembled today, and also from Hollywood, effective immediately. I'm releasing my final album this year, and that's that," he said.

The promised new album had yet to materialise when he announced his farewell dates.