AUSTIN, Texas — South by Southwest will present a showcase Friday that organizers say is aimed to use music to unite people.
ContraBanned:#MusicUnites features several bands with artists from Iran, Libya, Somalia and Syria; all countries that were included in President Trump's latest travel ban.
The ban has since been blocked by a federal judge, but the organizer's message remains the same.
Bassel Almadani, lead singer of Bassel and the Supernaturals, is from Syria and plans to perform at the event.
"A lot of family members that are either older or are still in school and need a degree to make a living anywhere else are largely trapped,” says Almadani.Hip-hop artist Kay Em is also slated to perform. His family is from Libya, and for him, the feeling of exclusion is far too common."Even just for regular immigrants flying with anxiety and fear and having a feeling of not being welcomed is really tough,” says the singer.Online donors raised more than $15,000 to pay for these band's travel expenses.They'll play at the Palm Door on E 6th on Friday night.