Music of the Banned: Musical Response to USA Travel Ban

Event has passed (Sun May 5, 2019 - Sun May 5, 2019)
Brava Theater Center
7 pm to 10 pm
$25 - $45
Activism / Cause, Art, Community, Music


Music of the Banned Final Concert - "Her Banned Voice"

"Her Banned Voice" is the culminating performance of the MOTB series with a focus on women artists from travel banned nations. This event will bring the community together to raise awareness and provide a face to the people- predominantly woman- affected by the current travel ban, building a sonic bridge between individuals, cultures and nations. Bay Area-based, women artists originating from the travel ban countries, will express themselves freely without limitations of religion, borders, and politics.

4 ensembles, 20 musicians, 2 visual artists: ROJAN & BAMDAD ENSEMBLE (Kurdish Folk), DINA ZARIF ENSEMBLE (Iranian Classical & Folk), VNOTE ENSEMBLE (Venezuelan Folk and Jazz), and SALMA EL ASSAL AND SUDAN ENSEMBLE (Sudanese Folk) combined with a visual art exhibition in the lobby prior by MOBINA NOURI and SAMANEH SALEHI.

Musical influence has never and can never be limited by the borders of nations. In the face of the president's travel ban, Music of the Banned seeks to break the barriers of fear and ignorance with love. Organized by Iranian-born performer Dina Zarif, the 3-part concert series gives voice to musicians and artists from the "banned nations" of: Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Iraq, Chad, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela. "Her Banned Voice" is the final of this impactful and heartfelt “Music of the Banned" series.

It was first incubated by Zarif during a Mission Arts Performance Project in August 2017. Its success inspired a concert at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in June 2018. In 2019, with support from the California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Red Poppy Art House, a 3-part series was created and curated by Dina Zarif: March 16 (“Borders without Bans“), April 6 (“Sacred and Traditional Music of the Banned” as part of MAPP), and May 5 (“Her Banned Voice” at Brava Theater).



  1. Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA