Tuesday, April 2 thru Thursday, April 4, 2019

Habibi 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 & the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.

Brooklyn-based Habibi has made a name for itself in recent years through its captivating blend of musical styles. An unlikely juxtaposition of infectious surf pop and riff-heavy punk, its songs are also imbued with the spirit of Iran’s psychedelic music — a nod to frontwoman Rahill Jamalifard’s heritage and guitarist Lenaya “Lenny” Lynch’s shared love of Persian culture. Alongside their bandmates in Habibi (notably, three other women), they amplify that culture by placing it in conversation with a new constellation of influences.

This April, Habibi performs at Durham’s inclusive rock club, The Pinhook, as the culmination of a weeklong residency for Duke Performances’ Building Bridges: Muslims in America project. In the days leading up to their performance, Jamalifard and other members of the band will take part in a public conversation at The Pinhook downtown and a variety of campus engagements.