2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Ash Koosha

Ash Koosha photo by Bardia Koushan

ContraBanned: #MusicUnites

2017 Official Showcase Presenter

Music builds new communities. It tells the unheard stories. It creates bridges over walls. Music Unites. ContraBanned: #MusicUnites is a showcase of groundbreaking artists from the 6 Banned Nations. More than ever before, American needs cultural diversity, and Contrabanned @ SXSW aims to be catalyst, calling to action the music industry to use the power of music to unite.

Date: Friday, March 17
Venue: Palm Door on Sixth (508 E 6th St.)
Lineup: Faarrow (Somalia / Toronto CA), Kayem (Libya / Chicago IL), Mamak Khadem Ensemble (Iran / Los Angeles CA), Mohsen Namjoo (Iran / New York NY), Bassel & The Supernaturals (Syria / Chicago IL), Dena El Saffar (Iraq / Bloomington IN)

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Music and Platinum badgeholders receive primary access to official music showcases. SXSW Showcasing Artist wristbands and Music Festival wristbands have secondary access. All admissions subject to capacity. Exceptions to be noted in schedule listings and/or at venue entrances. Artists and lineup subject to change.

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