SXSW 2017: Contrabanned #MusicUnites highlights music from countries affected by travel ban

Mamak Khadem. Courtesy of Facebook.
Mamak Khadem. Courtesy of Facebook.

One of the most compelling events at the South by Southwest Music Festival this year is a world music showcase featuring artists from countries affected by the travel ban executive order signed by President Trump. The showcase, called Contrabanned: #MusicUnites, currently has artists representing Iran, Somalia, Libya and Syria.

“At this critical cultural moment, the ContraBanned: #MusicUnites showcase gives us a chance to come together through the power of music and hear the voices of the often misunderstood and misrepresented Muslim-majority countries,” organizers said in an email about the show.

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The showcase is scheduled for Friday, March 17 at the Palm Door on Sixth St.

The following artists are confirmed to perform:

Mamak Khadem (Iran/US) Vocal wonder of world trance music
Ash Koosha (Iran/UK) Ninja Tunes electronic musician/composer, virtual reality pioneer, synaesthete
Faarrow (Somalia/Canada) beat heavy fusion of African, hip hop and pop music
Khaled M (Libya/US) Libyan-American hip hop voice of conscience
Bassel and the Supernaturals (Syria/US) Syrian heart, Chicago soul



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Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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