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Performance: Dua Saleh

October 13, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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Minneapolis-based vocalist, spoken-word poet, and actor Dua Saleh began recording music only two years ago, garnering immediate acclaim with the release of 2019’s Nūr — meaning “the light” in Arabic. Saleh (who identifies as gender non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns) followed the next year with Rosetta: a genre-bending EP blending warm vocals with raw hip-hop passages and haunting, otherworldly electronics. For Saleh — a Sudanese native, who fled the country with their family as a child to escape civil war — these musical excursions reflect a life spent working across different kinds of divisions: borders, media, identities, and protest lines.


Dua Saleh comes to Durham as part of Duke Performances’ Building Bridges series, which since 2018 has showcased the work of US-based Muslim artists who engage with questions of personal and spiritual identity across a range of genres. At The Pinhook, Saleh brings this hybridity of perspective as a queer Muslim Sudanese-American artist to bear, in a way that acknowledges but ultimately transcends these classifications. The result is a music deeply in conversation with their African ancestry and the future possibilities of the diaspora: a sound that collapses the distance between global and local, personal and political.


Dua Saleh is presented as part of Duke Performances’ Building Bridges Initiative, funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art & the National Endowment for the Arts, & co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. In partnership with the Duke Middle East Studies Center.


Pinhook, 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
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October 13, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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