Nora Roman @ Galeria benefit
Saturday, July 9, 2011
| 7:30 pm
Long time San Francisco activist Nora Roman and her new band the Border Busters will celebrate the release of her 12 song CD I Belong to No Man’s State at a benefit for the Galeria on Saturday, July 9!
Come dance to the original, frontera fracturing political music that fuses Latino, Arabic and U.S. lyrics and rhythms into something new!
Food and drinks will be available for donation. Sliding scale door entry, and no one turned away for lack of funds. $20 entry receives free CD with poster.
Long time San Francisco activist Nora Roman has embarked on a new kind of activism. She has formed a band called the Border Busters and recorded a CD of 12 original songs, most of which are a product of and continuation of her long term commitment to righting the wrongs within society. In keeping with her tradition of using her music to benefit efforts for positive change, she will celebrate the release of the CD I Belong to No Man’s State as a benefit for Galeria.
Nora’s music takes the theme of intercultural diaglogue just a bit further. Her original, frontera fracturing political music fuses Latino, Arabic and U.S. lyrics and rhythms into something new. From folk rock with Moroccan Gnawa clapping to Cumbia arabe with darbouka and Arabic violin, this music will have you dancing and singing along on catchy choruses in English, Spanish and Arabic. Written from 1977 to 2010, the lyrics are about ecology, Palestine, Tookie Williams, El Salvador, prisoners, love, hate, brainwashing, state sanctioned murder and U.S. imperialism, with just a little sex thrown in for good measure.
Nora’s activism in San Francisco began in the 1970s when within weeks of arriving in the Bay Area when she joined the disabled people who had taken over the Federal Building in San Francisco - the action that led to the passage of Bill 504 (providing equal access for the disabled) in Congress. Nora worked as a nurse in various healthcare settings, and as a volunteer and staff person for health care rights in the U.S. and in international solidarity. She co-founded Bay Area organizations such as the Committee for Health Rights in the Americas, the California Cuba Health Network, and the Emergency Coalition to Save Public Health. She worked with Somos Hermanas, Casa Nicaragua, the Alliance Against Women’s Oppression, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and many other groups. She founded and coordinated People’s Medics, who provided free emergency medical care to hundreds of injured demonstrators in San Francisco in the 1980s. She was a spokeswoman for the campaign against Prop 187 and active in the Immigrant Rights movement.
In the mid 2000’s, Nora decided to take her music public, and formed a band called Perranosperous. Several successful benefits for various local efforts ensued, and with her music so well received, Nora decided to make an album. She already has listeners from across the globe on the Web, and hopes her music can be one more tool in uniting humanity to work together for our survival, health and happiness. Her album will be in stores by mid June and can be purchased now at her website.