In our March issue (#125) we focused on the power of music, and its abilities to bring people together and provide a voice for those who may otherwise be unheard. It felt, and still feels, like an appropriate time to cover the subject.
On March 17, at the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, the ContraBanned: #MusicUnites showcase will take place at the Palm Door on 6th Street. Artists from diaspora communities of the nations banned by the January 27 Executive Order issued by President Trump will perform at the event. The aim is to encourage people to come together to celebrate the power of music and give a voice to the often misrepresented and misunderstood.
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
More to be confirmed.