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Naima Shalhoub, voice • Chris Trinidad, bass guitar • Tarik Kazaleh, guitar, oud & tabla • Aaron Kierbel, drums • Isaac Ho, piano
Naima Shalhoub is a Lebanese American artist who uses music as a tool for transformation, liberation, education and self-expression. Her dimensional work as a vocalist, composer, performing artist, and educator focuses on the expansive quality of the voice and its power for redemption and social justice. Her music brings vibrant personality, poetic eloquence and impassioned performances to both nationally acclaimed venues and community event spaces.
The Naima Shalhoub quintet will perform a series of musical pieces around the theme of “borderlands.” The music will explore both the internal (emotional, spiritual, mental) and external (physical, social, cultural, political) experiences of borderlands in attempts to bring the audience on a journey through them. Naima draws upon her recent experience touring in Lebanon, and her work in prisons, schools, and background in postcolonial anthropology to weave story into the musical journey.
In May of 2014, Naima combined her passion for music, social justice, and education by facilitating weekly “Music and Freedom” sessions with incarcerated women at the San Francisco County Jail. A year later, she recorded her debut album, “Live in San Francisco County Jail” in front of an audience of those same incarcerated women, many of whom participated in the performance. The result is a recording that embodies Naima’s deeply held belief that music and song are vessels for freedom and healing.
She continues to work on her project “Borderlands”: an expansion on her work in the San Francisco County Jail. “Borderlands” facilitates music sessions that are simultaneously expressive and educational, and ultimately connect with the larger movement of transformative justice on a local and an international scale.
In October 2017 Naima toured Beirut, Lebanon with a project titled NAMENA, which in Arabic means “to grow, to nurture, communally.” This project, an extension of “borderlands”, built partnerships with local organizations and people co-producing events that provided a platform to discuss and share creative responses to various forms of struggle. She released her EP titled “Borderlands” in Lebanon with a series of videos forthcoming about the project and music. You can hear Naima’s EP now on Anghami.
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