Spotify launches project to protest travel ban on Muslims

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Spotify's new project takes a stand against Trump's  travel ban.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 11) — The music app Spotify is harnessing its access to 140 million active users worldwide to bring attention to U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban against citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries.

Spotify launched on July 6 a new project called, "I'm with the banned," a series that puts the spotlight on artists coming from  Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and Iran; the countries cited by the Trump travel ban. The statement is a play on the phrase "I'm with the band," in reference to fans or groupies who follow a band or musician on tour.

Under the project, is the main playlist created by Spotify titled "I'm with the banned" which features songs by artists from the U.S., Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya.

Spotify wants to "empower artists and fans from different cultures to come together, and to amplify the voices of people  and communities that have been silenced," it said in a statement.

Artist Sam Harris from the rock band X Ambassadors expressed his enthusiasm collaborating with Yemeni musician Methal on her song "Cycles."

"Working with Methal was one of the best experiences I've ever had  collaborating with another artist. Her story is so inspiring, and  her talent as a songwriter and performer is too good to be missed. If she's not allowed to come perform in the United States, then we're all missing out. This song is a testament to that," said Harris.

In a short film on Methal created by Spotify, the self-taught musician explained how music played a role in her life especially during her country's civil war, still ongoing.

"I realized  that if I want to do something I love, I need to leave. I need to find a way," Methal said in the video. She said she fled from Yemen on a boat with other refugees. Methal is now in Toronto, Canada, where she collaborated with Harris on "Cycles."

Trump's travel ban is an executive order that temporarily prohibits citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States.

Among the American artists involved with the Spotify project are famed jazz artist Lonnie Smith of Blue Note Records, hip-hop artists Desiigner and Pusha T of Russell Simmons' DefJam label, and rock band X Ambassadors.

To find out more about "I'm with the banned" click on the link to  this trailer.

Intern Margaux Morio contributed to this report.