27 may, 18:00 - Grand Place

Naima Joris

Naima Joris (vocal, guitar, sax, piano), Vitja Pauwels (guitar), Lara Rosseel (double bass), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium, trumpet), Tijl Piryns (drums)

Some musicians can do that. Make time stand still. Often without intention. They sing songs straight from the soul. They hit others right in the heart. Naima Joris is such a singer. Pure.

Naima Joris has had an eventful life. She’s no novice - certainly not on a human level - instead, strangely enough, she is a musician/composer. She never had the ambition to stand on a stage and only learned the basics of guitar and piano at age 27. It was enough to comfort herself at home by playing and singing cover songs that appealed to her heart. 

That’s how she was picked up from her living room by Gaetan Vandewoude to serve as a backing singer at Isbells for a short time. A little later, she sang a lead song for the first time for an audience with Raymond van het Groenewoud at a Radio 1 session.  

Her father, jazz musician Chris Joris, pulled her onto the stage starting in 2016  as a guest singer in his band. She discovered the depths of her voice and one day took a tip from an enthusiastic listener to cover a song by Cesaria Evora. She tried this tip during the first lockdown, so she posted Sodade from Cesaria Evora. The success of that Facebook post led her into the spotlight. 

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