On Tuesday, Oct. 10, I had the pleasure of attending a screening of I’m With the Banned at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas on the Lower East Side. The film, which was produced by Spotify, focuses on six artists from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran — the original six countries incorporated in
Tang Hitler 45’s “Muslim travel ban” — and how they traveled to Toronto to make music with American artists.
The international artists featured in film are Kasra V, an Iranian DJ and record producer; Dubai-based Syrian singer-songwriter Moh Flow, who co-produces with his brother, AY; Somali hip-hop collective Waayaha Cusub; Yemeni singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Methal; Sudanese producer Sufyvn; and Libyan singer-songwriter and musician Ahmed Fakroun. Each of these artists have a unique sound and sensibility, and are immensely talented.
Thanks to Spotify and Universal Music Group, the above artists were able to collaborate with American hitmakers such as Pusha T, Desiigner, Sam Harris of X Ambassadors, K.Flay, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and BJ the Chicago Kid.