Gordon Koang is a South Sudanese musician who recently dropped a new song titled Asylum Seeker. According to the artist’s YouTube page the song is “a love song and a message of hope and support, praising their [asylum seekers and refugees] courage and asking them to have patience in the long wait for permanent residency status in Australia.”
Gordon himself has had to go through the terrible process of seeking refuge in a strange place and along with his cousin, Paul Biel who also accompanies him in music, he was granted residency in Australia after a 5 year wait.
‘Stand Up / Asylum Seeker’ 12″ out now on Music in Exile and also in the USA via Light in the Attic. http://musicinexile.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org
Video shot and edited by Dan Kotsimbos in Melbourne, Australia.
In Iran the Islamic government restricts women from performing their music alone on stage. For one musician, Farzane Zamen, this drove her out of her home country and eventually forced her to seek asylum in Scotland.
Today she is a working musician in that foreign place. Time will only tell if she will be safe to travel back to Iran but until then she will continue to make her music.
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.