It's never been more difficult to get INS approval for African musicians to tour in the U.S. Click here to find out more in a short video, just for friends and supporters of Afropop Worldwide.
Just this year, desert rockers Tinariwen had to cancel their tour due to declined visas. And since this video was made last month, we have been asked to write letters for SALIF KEITA and SIDIKI DIABATE.
Salif is one of the most acclaimed artist in Africa, but the INS wanted to know if he was really "culturally unique." And Sidiki Diabate, son of Toumani, is now one of the biggest pop stars on the continent.
If artists at this level are getting such scrutiny, imagine how difficult it is for others, let alone up and coming talents. Writing support letters for artists we love and believe in is a core part of our work.
Please help to support this and all the other great work we do at Afropop Worldwide.