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Syrian artist Omar Souleyman | © Earth Agency
Syrian artist Omar Souleyman | © Earth Agency
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Four Tet Fights Trump's Muslim Ban with Middle Eastern Mixtape

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Music Editor
Updated: 27 February 2017
London electronic producer Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, is known for his genre-bending original production, house-inspired remixes, and his panoramic DJ sets. Recently, Hebden took his curatorial powers to a more political level, sharing a Spotify playlist (originally created in September 2016) that features a variety of artists rooted in the seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya, and Yemen) currently banned from entering the United States thanks to President Donald Trump’s executive order.

Still growing in content, the playlist runs just over 29 hours and features 336 tracks. As pointed out by NPR, among those included is Rahim Al-Haj, an acclaimed Iraqi oud (Arabic lute) player who was imprisoned and tortured for speaking out against Saddam Hussein’s regime, and Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, who has collaborated with Hebden in the past.

Listen to the playlist below and unite through the culture of music.