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I open my eyes a little too fast Starting to forget the dream that sung me here I get out of bed looking for a paper trail of reflections that remind me of who I am There will be a voice behind you saying "this is the way" Don't look to the right Don't look to the Left You may here a thousand voices calling you another way But you will know the heavenly sound calling your name My eyes on the prize My mind on the spirt Letting go of all the shame that took root in me/ It's easy to get pulled back into familiar chains But I cast away all the fear and let love rain There will be a voice behind you saying "this is the way" Don't look to the right Don't look to the Left You may here a thousand voices calling you another way But you will know the heavenly sound calling your name Calling your name/Calling your name/Calling your name/Calling your name
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about

The concept of SIPHR materialized during Naima’s creative retreat in an apartment in Mar Mikhael Beirut, after spending 2 weeks on the road with family in their homeland, Lebanon. During her retreat she was guided to start studying the mystical meanings of siphr (sih-pher) which means zero in Arabic, and the meanings of numbers 1-9, life’s continuities, that are contained in the siphr.

Siphr is our beginnings and endings, the meaningless and meaningful, and life's continuity through political, emotional, spiritual, physical, cultural realms that are always in flux. We are always evolving, always becoming, and held by grace, the zero-factor, the SIPHR.

There are 9 compositions which was an intentional choice. 9 is a number of completion and each composition was envisioned holding the specific meaning of the number it represents. Each title is the corresponding number with a subtitle.

It is meant to be listened to in order, although each composition stands alone.

credits

released August 6, 2020

SIPHR is Naima Shalhoub's debut studio record featuring musician and co-producer/MC Excentrik.

SIPHR was recorded and engineered by Women's Audio Mission
Sound Engineer: Adria Otte
Mastered byJessica Thompson
Production/Arrangements/Music: Naima Shalhoub and Excentrik

Also made possible by a grant from Restoration Village Arts

Music Credits:
Naima Shalhoub: Vocals, Keyboard, Rhythm Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Tarik Kazaleh aka Excentrik: Oud, Lead guitars, Percussion, Drum kit, MC
Ed Baskerville: Cello
Marcus Shelby: Bass

Cover photo: Tarik Kazaleh

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