DJ Riobamba will release her debut EP in the coming days and the single “Muerte” can be streamed on Soundcloud.
According to the press release the artist is “presenting a protest in coordination with Melting Point on October 24th from 2-6 PM in front of US Immigrant & Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters located at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan. Melting Point organizes parties to raise money for Al Otro Lado, a non-profit providing free legal representation for migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees at the border.”
Riobamba is not the first artist to stage a protest concert outside ICE headquarters. Recently Vic Mensa and 93 Punx did just that outside the ICE HQ’s in Los Angeles on the back of a pick up truck and literally in the face of LAPD officers.
Trump and the U.S. government supposedly gave Turkey the green light on military strikes in Syria, again, attacking Kurdish forces, stating that they are developing terrorism in the area.
Kurdish musicians have also felt the consequences. Members of ‘Dewran’ who performs songs in Turkish language at weddings, as well as members of another band, have been detained on grounds of inciting terrorism with their propaganda.
We at Shouts call for these artists’ immediate release.
Unfortunately, the above mentioned musicians are not the only examples of artist oppression for the Kurdish people. Find more examples below and also check out our interview with Lee Brickley about his album ‘Songs for Rojava’.