Chinese rapper's work permit application still under review: NIA

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Chinese rapper VAVA (from Ainoko Entertainment)

Chinese rapper VAVA (from Ainoko Entertainment)

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has denied speculation that a Chinese rapper has been barred from coming to Taiwan, saying Friday that the musician's application for a Taiwanese work permit is still under review by the Ministry of Culture.

In a statement issued Friday, the NIA said it has dealt with VAVA's application for a work permit in accordance with regulations. The application has been passed to the Ministry of Culture for review, the NIA said, given that the female rapper intends to come to Taiwan to promote her upcoming album and take part in a magazine photo shoot, all of which constitute cultural activities.

The application was submitted on Sept. 12 by Taichung-based company SoulBrat, the company that has extended the invitation to VAVA, for a scheduled work period of Oct. 5-9.

As of Friday, the case remained under review by the Culture Ministry, and the NIA said the delay in processing it was due to SoulBrat's failure to provide all the necessary supporting documents.

Local media has speculated that the government has decided not to allow VAVA, who found fame on the hit Chinese competition show "The Rap of China," into the country. Such speculations are based on the recent clash at the Sing China Music Festival, featuring Chinese and Taiwanese talents, which turned violent on Sept. 24.

Having yet to secure a permit to perform in Taiwan, VAVA has canceled the three performances and 30 appearances scheduled for the Oct. 5-9 period, which will result in financial losses for the rapper's agency, Ainoko Entertainment.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Kuan-lin Liu)

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