Come early to WAM LOCAL SIRENS to see a panel of exceptional local women musicians and artivists in honor of International Women’s Day! Panelists include Meklit, Gina Madrid, and Naima Shalhoub! Panel starts at 7pm!
Local Sirens is a free quarterly performance series presented by Women’s Audio Mission featuring emerging and established local women-identified (transgender or cisgender), non-binary or gender non-confirming artists. This March, Local Sirens is presented in honor of International Women’s Day and celebrates the diversity of the Bay Area with artists Meklit (Ethiopia/US), Gina Madrid (Mexico/Oakland) and Naima Shaloub (Lebanon/US). Local Sirens is supported by the California Arts Council. This special edition of the series is presented in partnership with Intersection for the Arts as part of the Intersect SF Series supported with funds from Grants for the Arts, to advance Bay Area immigrant women artists.
Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more.
Gina Madrid formerly Raw-G, Born and raised in Guadalajara Mexico. She brings her own distinct cross-cultural, multi-lingual, politically charged Hip-Hop to the Bay Area music scene captivating audiences with her passionate and aggressive performances. Gina left Mexico and moved to Oakland California in 1999, where she learned English by translating Hip-Hop lyrics from 2pac, The Fugees, and KRS-1. She has since developed an engaging, insightful, social conscious flow that challenges our musical and gender preconceptions of Hip-Hop culture.
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. She also appears in theater productions, joins fundraisers, and speaks at conferences across the United States.
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