Citizens from Somalia, Irak, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Soudan and Libya were all banned from American soil, creating a vague of anger all around the globe. At Highclouds we condamned those type of political decisions as our own team includes people coming from all over the world and one of our purposes is to be inclusive to everyone. Our way to protest against these policies is, of course, through music and we decided to put together a playlist of 20 songs of female artists living or having as a second land the countries that Trump decided to ban. Why female? As our Homocore demontrastes, we took the stand to offer the spot to the many so talented women of the world.
From Yemenite band of three sisters A-Wa to Somali-Canadian sisters Faarrow, these 7 countries are all filled with talent. Based on pop music, rock or more traditional vibes, you can discover their culture though their sound. Singing in Farsi, Arabic or English, they explore universal themes such as love, passion or pain. For those who notice, there is no representation of Libya as it was hard to encounter any female artist. If you know more about this, please, let us know! To make you (re-)discover these artists is very important to us, and we hope it will open your senses to dig maybe more.
Lastly, as sang by Iranian-Dutch artist Sevdaliza in her featuring with Stwo “Haunted”: “We’re just humans, nothing more.” You can listen to Sevdaliza‘s track in Farsi “Bebin” and read to her statement below.
In protest of the current inhumane political climate, I could not rest my head in privilege. I wrote ‘Bebin’ in Farsi, to solidify. I stand strong with love. In this case I choose to avoid mainstream media, because I have no interest in part taking in a victimized concept. As I will not be able to travel to the United States for indefinite duration, take this without lights, camera, action. I am solely a messenger. In the brain of love, there is no place for racism, nor bigotry.
BONUS: We discovered today Austrian-Syrian artist Mavi Phoenix who just released her track “Love Longtime” and we are such fans!