– Celebrated decksman DJ Crème was arrested in US, where he had traveled for a month-long tour
– Was being held at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and was deported back to Kenya
Renowned disc jockey DJ Crème de la Crème was detained in the US after he was reportedly found with an inappropriate visa.
According to a Dallas-based promoter identified as Charles Tall Oliver, the popular deejay arrived in the US on Wednesday May 25 in readiness for a month-long tour, but was apprehended by US Immigration officials.
He was reportedly found to be entering the US with a visitor’s visa on pretext that he would be touring the country, yet he had shows lined up.
The Immigration officials at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) even had fliers of the shows that DJ Crème would be headlining in the US, that they used as evidence to arrest him.
“I have some very urgent and sad news. DJ Crème de la Crème landed safely in DFW today from Kenya via Dubai on an Emirates flight. He texted me to inform me he had landed, I told him I was out there waiting for him to clear with immigration. Unfortunately he did not go through immigration and he is being held at DFW,” the promoter posted on his Facebook page.
He went on to lament that a rival promoter could have snitched on DJ Crème so as to affect the show’s attendance, whose host was to be Vera Sidika.
During the annual Dallas Memorial weekend, Kenyans get together and enjoy various parties.
Oliver also intimated that he had cancelled Vera’s appearance at the event, given the turn of events.
“We have talked to a Kenyan embassy official who has advised us. Pending a miracle, Crème will not be showcasing his talents this weekend. Any questions about Vera Sidika, ask me. She is contracted to me and it’s a good thing I cancelled her show from the turn things have taken… Friday we will still be at Murphys Mansion. Ma DJ ni wengi ma DJ sio kiasi,” he wrote.
He also posted a screenshot of his Whatsapp conversation with DJ Crème, probably to assure any revelers who had already purchased tickets for the show that the acts promised in the fliers were indeed as so.
Neither DJ Crème nor the promoter has revealed further developments on the issue, but it is believed that he will likely get deported by the US, which tends to be strict on Visa matters regarding foreigners.
Majority of East African artistes who headline shows in the US normally travel with a visitor’s visa, as opposed to a work visa, since when they perform in the US, they are going to make money.
Bongo Flava star Ommy Dimpoz was arrested and jailed over the same issue in the US in 2015, and later talked about it in an interview with Bongo 5:
“Sikuwahi katika maisha yangu kufikiria kama ipo siku nitalala jela. Nililala jela kabisa na kubadilisha nguo kabisa nikavaa zile za orange, yaani kama Prison Break unavyoiona ile movie. Kosa lilikuwa kwamba nilikuwa naenda kwenye hiyo show lakini visa yangu ilikuwa hairuhusu mimi kufanya show kwahiyo ile visa ikabidi iwe cancelled kwasababu wao wanaangalia ni sababu gani iliyokupeleka kule. Sasa sababu iliyonipeleka haiwezi kunifanya niingie, kwahiyo wakaniambia inabidi urudi ukabadilishe visa.”
(I never thought in my life that I would ever sleep in a prison cell, but I did, complete with the orange-coloured jailbird uniform that you see in the Prison Break TV show. My offense was that I was going to perform at a show, yet my visa did not permit me to do so. That visa had to be cancelled and I was sent back home to get the appropriate visa.”