According to NPR, Brownswood Recordings, founded by DJ, producer, and broadcaster Gilles Peterson, announced that brothers Ahmed, Yussef and Kareem Dayes all had their status on the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) revoked and would therefor not be showcasing at SXSW. The three play in the band United Vibrations
"We are sad to announce we will NOT be performing at SXSW in Texas because our ESTA's have been revoked under the new Executive order. We were looking forward to connecting with our brothers and sisters stateside to share our music. Why weren't we let in? Our Names? The music? The color of our skin?" United Vibrations said in a group statement.
The revocation also affected Yussef Kamaal, which also includes Yussef Dayes who said he believes the ban was based on "religion and race."
As well, the post-hardcore band Massive Scar Era, which is based dually in Vancouver, Canada and Cairo, took to Facebook to claim m that members of the group were denied entry into the United States ahead of their showcase at SXSW as well as other tour dates in the U.S. t is worth noting that if the band's claim of other tour dates is accurate, they had an incorrect visa as the 'showcase exemption' on a U.S. tourist visa does not cover a traveling tour. [via Celebrity Access]
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Responds plus Protest Rumors
On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials issued a statement to Billboard that "if an individual is a member of an internationally recognized entertainment group, they must apply for and be granted a P-1 visa." That apparently now extends to artists who are not being paid for their performances.
Things may only get worse if Trump's new travel ban is allowed to go forward overnight.
Rumors are now circulating of a pro-immigration protest planned for during SXSW this week. We'll share details as they emerge.