The native New Yorker, also known as Yasiin Bey, was arrested in January (16) after allegedly attempting to depart from Cape Town International Airport using a so-called World Passport.

Officials insisted the travel documents were not legal and took Mos Def into custody on charges of using a false passport and an unrecognised travel document. He was released on $300 (£210) bail and ordered to check in with police every two days.

Despite his ongoing court case, for which he will next face a judge on 12 May (16), the hip-hop star was booked to perform in Sweden on Thursday night (05May16) and Denmark on Friday (06May16). He has since pulled out of the live dates, blaming the "matters at hand here for me in South Africa". He is hoping to reschedule the gigs for this autumn (16).

In a recorded message, which he has posted on Soundcloud.com, Mos Def thanks fans for their continued support.

"I'm safe, I'm in good spirits," he assures devotees. "I want to thank the listeners and the audience for their support throughout the years, for showing interest and continuing over the years to spend their time (sic). It's greatly, greatly appreciated. I don't take it for granted."

Mos Def, 42, previously reached out to fans to protest his innocence in another voice recording posted on pal Kanye West's Twitter and YouTube pages in January (16).

In the clip, titled, "A message from Yasiin Bey", Mos Def declared, "I'm being prevented from leaving unjustly, unlawfully, and without any logical reason. I have reason to believe or suspect that there are political motivations behind the way that I'm being treated because... I haven't broken any law and I'm being treated like a criminal."

He went on to insist he plans to step away from music after releasing one more album this year (16), adding, "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."