Faarow contrabanned SXSW

‘Banned’ musicians with refugee roots unite in Austin


“Politics demonizes. Culture humanizes.”

Attendees of SXSW Interactive pass through the halls inside the Austin Convention Center.

There’s a buzz in the air at SXSW — but it’s not just about the technology


Here’s how to experience SXSW from your living room

Electronic musician Ash Koosha

The World’s music feature this week: Contrabanned at SXSW

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Contrabanned: #MusicUnites — a SXSW music showcase highlighting artists from banned nations

Toronto MC Jahkoy.

Jahkoy’s music is his personal experiment and his home studio — a laboratory


He decided on a path in music by way of poetry — then the beat kicked in. Now he’s a rising star and just signed by Def Jam. We caught up with Toronto’s Jahkoy after his set at the 2016 SXSW in Austin, Texas.

President Barack Obama speaks at the opening Keynote during the 2016 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

Obama can’t talk about Apple vs. the FBI, but now we know where he stands


President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to speak at the annual South by Southwest festival on Friday and called on the tech entrepreneurs in the audience to think of ways to make government work better through technology. But what was on the mind of many was the case between Apple and the FBI. And, while not addressing specifics, Obama offered his thoughts about the larger privacy vs. security debate and it’s clear where he stands — and that’s with the FBI.

Australian singer Conrad Sewell performs at the Spotify House at SXSW 2015.

We traveled to SXSW for the geeks at Interactive, but music grabbed a spotlight


SXSW Interactive is where you go when want to find out about the next big thing in technology. We traveled down to Austin to report on modern activism and protest culture post-Snowden. It wasn’t supposed to be about music. But because Austin, it was.

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He’s going to be huge. Before that happens watch Conrad Sewell sing his hit ‘Hold Me Up’


Only a few minutes before this performance, Australian singer Conrad Sewell was on the Spotify House stage at SXSW playing to hundreds of new and adoring fans. This guy is going to be huge. Before that happens, Conrad walked down the street to a quiet spot where he sang an acoustic version of his song “Hold Me Up.”

Amason in Austin, 2015.

From an idyllic back porch in Austin, Amason performs ‘Went To War’


While at SXSW, Sweden’s Amason was staying at an idyllic ranch house outside of Austin. Fresh from their performance as part of the festival, Amason invited us to a quiet performance of their song “Went To War” on their back porch.