Naima Shalhoub is a Lebanese Arab-American vocalist, composer, performing artist, and educator based in the Bay Area. Her multidimensional work explores the borderlands of belonging, remembrance, liberation, and the expansive quality of the voice - its power for healing and energizing social justice movements.
Her debut live album, Live in San Francisco County Jail, was recorded in 2015 alongside an audience of incarcerated women with whom she had been facilitating weekly “Music and Freedom” sessions for one year (many of whom participated in the performance). Produced in solidarity with movements to end the prison-industrial complex, the recording embodies Naima’s deeply-held belief that "it is an artist's duty to reflect the times" (Nina Simone).
In addition to performing regularly from nationally-acclaimed venues to grassroots community event spaces, Naima has an MA in Postcolonial Anthropology and is a seasoned Restorative Justice practitioner and circle-keeper with experience in public schools, Juvenile Halls, and communities from California to Kenya. She currently is the Restorative Women and Girls Coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and is an independent Restorative Justice consultant and practitioner.
Naima performs for theater productions, fundraisers, and presents at conferences such as the National Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and TEDxLAU in Beirut. Her work has been written on and supported by AJ+, San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, Pop Matters, Electronic Intifada, Le Orient Le Jour, KQED, KPFA, 48 Hills and others. Her first full-length studio album, Siphr, was released on August 6th, 2020.