News \\ Visas revoked for two acts ahead of SXSW
Yussef Kamaal and United Vibrations will no longer be performing at SXSW after having their visas revoked – two days before their official showcases.
Shabaka Hutchings and a number of surprise guests will perform at the British Underground and Jazz re:freshed showcase at SXSW, to replace Yussef Kamaal and United Vibrations.
The artists were due to travel from the UK on Tuesday, but announced on social media that they no longer has permission to travel to the States. In a Facebook post, their label Brownswood said; “The band believe this to be discrimination based on religion & race.”
In a statement published on Afropunk, Jazz re:freshed said; It is quite interesting to note (or not), that whilst no reason was given for the revocation of the ESTAs, we do find it telling that the three British born men with Muslim sounding names (who are in fact NOT Muslim) and their band mate, are the only members of our 20 strong travelling party to have their ESTAs revoked”. Read the full statement here.
Jazz re:freshed added: “after being approved as early as November 2016. Although, we must also be very clear that we do not know the actual reasons for the revocation, as reasons were not given and probably never will be”.
Shabaka Hutchings, who was called “powerful” by The New York Times following his Winter Jazz Festival performance in January, will be filling the United Vibrations’ slot. Of the revoked visas, Shabaka Hutchings told Jazz Standard;
“This whole episode is a massive shame for the opportunity which could have been afforded to two of the brightest stars in the UK jazz scene. It brings to light the seemingly arbitrary nature of the visa process which is faced daily by many people without the visibility afforded to musicians”.
The event at Main II will present the wave of UK genre-bending talent. The British Underground and Jazz re:freshed showcase will feature two artists presented by Jazz Standard – GoGo Penguin and Sarathy Korwar – as well as London’s Native Dancer and Moses Boyd Exodus.
Shabaka Hutchings will be performing a “special set” with drummer Moses Boyd and tuba player Theon Cross, combining music from Sons Of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors.
New set times are as follows:
8PM \\ Sarathy Korwar
9PM \\ GoGo Penguin
10PM \\ Native Dancer
11PM \\ Shabaka Hutchings
MIDNIGHT \\ Moses Boyd Exodus
1AM \\ Jazz re:freshed Solidarity Jam
Jazz Standard will be live tweeting highlights from the event from 8PM CST.
JS | Tina Edwards