PRESIDIO LIVE – Thursday Evenings at 7 pm
In Presidio Live, experience live music, theatre, dance, film, and dialogues that offer a contemporary take on the history and nature of the Presidio and the culture of our diverse Bay Area community.
Naima Shalhoub, fusing the blues with the sounds of her Middle Eastern roots, 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.
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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. The program was such a success that, 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.
Naima Shalhoub, voice • Chris Trinidad, bass guitar • Tarik Kazaleh, guitar, oud & tabla • Aaron Kierbel, drums • Isaac Ho, piano
Photos: Naima Shalhoub
Credit: Sarah Deragon
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