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Sights & Sounds: Naima Shalhoub's Picks


Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter-in-place, instead of suggesting in-person events, we're offering ideas of ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with vocalist, composer, performing artist and educator Naima Shalhoub to talk about three great virtual events to enjoy this week.

This book of uplifting affirmations was penned by Karega Bailey of the Oakland band SOL Development and his wife Felicia. They've also made an album version, and it features powerful reflections on grief and love.

This fantastic band has roots in St Louis and Oakland- having met at the protest in Ferguson, they've created sound that blends blues, funk and gospel and speaks powerfully to the protests going on today as well.

This Oakland based DJ mixes house, hip hop, and soul, and she hosts a monthly party called Elements that folks can livestream. Check her out on Instagram, and get the party started in your living room!

Naima Shalhoub's debut album Siphr will be released on August 6. Check out her website to hear more of her music.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.