March 20: Filmmaker Ben Herson to Moderate Global Underground Panel at SXSW Festival in Austin, TX

SXSW Music and Media Conference presents the Global Underground Panel on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Austin Convention Center. Moderating this panel will be filmmaker Ben Herson, director of the documentary African Underground: Hip-Hop in Senegal from the eighth annual Media That Matters Film Festival. This panel will explore the phenomenon of the rapid growth and accessibility of digital technology, giving a chance for artists worldwide to get their message out and their music heard. These musicians are not signing about girls and money, but about political strife, economic crises, and real life issues they face every day. The panel will feature the women of the Muslin hip-hop/spoken word duo Poetic Pilgrimage ‰ÛÒ Sukina Abdul Noor and Muneera Rashida. Fiona Bloom of the Bloom Effect, Mark LeVine, author of Heavy Metal Islam, and filmmaker Magee McIlvaine will offer their insight as well.

The SXSW Music and Media Conference is taking place from March 18-22, 2009 in Austin, TX showcasing hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over eighty stages in downtown Austin.

Published on March 20, 2009



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