Samora Pinderhughes on stage in a moment from "The Healing Project"

Mellon Foundation Grantee at Royce Hall

Known for his striking intimacy, radical honesty in lyrics, and commitment to addressing sociopolitical issues, Samora Pinderhughes is not just a musician but a passionate advocate for change. A staunchabolitionist and anti-capitalist, his artistry is steeped in revolutionary thoughts and the traditions of black surrealists across the African Diaspora. 
On February 1st, Samora Pinderhughes steps into the Royce Hall spotlight as he unveils The Healing Project - a poignant examination of the United States' prison industrial complex through original music, film that interpolates stories from real people affected by incarceration, policing, violence, and detention.
“I would describe The Healing Project as a place for people to be transformed. It’s a place where storytelling meets healing practice meets overwhelming sonic (e)motion. I’m an artist so I would also say there are no words to properly describe it - but the goal is that it will be an experience that makes people cry, laugh, think, and connect,” explains Pinderhughes.
Join us for an unforgettable pre-show experience on Royce Terrace from 6:30 to 7:45 pm! Immerse yourself in a DJ set, explore original artwork, and enjoy captivating short films created by talented UCLA students. Witness a showcase of thought-provoking LA Rebellion short films, delve into archival protest images and footage, with a special focus on Angela Davis and her impact on campus. Engage in a collective art piece, and be moved by powerful spoken word and dance performances. Discover and connect with campus clubs and organizations at various tables showcasing their impactful work.
Pre-show activities curated by The Student Committee for the Arts. The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion moderated by Robin Kelly, UCLA Professor and advisor for The Healing Project.