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Grace Nono

Grace Nono is a Filipino ethnomusicologist, singer and cultural worker from the river valley of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. She received a Bachelor’s degree in humanities and two Master’s degrees in Philippine studies and religion and gender from the University of the Philippines and Yale University respectively, and a PhD in ethnomusicology from New York University.


Nono’s research interests lie at the intersections of voice, orality, gender, ritual, healing, ecology and decolonization. She has published three books, including Babaylan Sing Back: Philippine Shamans, Voice, Gender, and Place in 2021, Song of the Babaylan: Living Voices, Medicines, Spiritualities of Philippine Ritualist-Oralist-Healers in 2013 and The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines in 2008. She has taught courses at the University of the Philippines, Miriam College, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Harvard Divinity School, and the UN University of Peace.


As a singer, Nono specializes in the contemporary performance of oral songs taught to her by indigenous, Christianised, and Islamised oralists in different parts of the Philippines. She has produced six solo recordings and two documentary films.


As a cultural worker, Nono – almost three decades ago – founded the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts, a civil society organisation that contributes to cultural revitalization of music, healing and other traditional practices.

Grace Nono

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    It's a Long Story: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai & Grace Nono

    Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (Dust Child) and Grace Nono (Babaylan Sing Back) join forces for a powerful conversation about subversing, reimagining and unlearning the narratives imposed upon their people.

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    75.00 AED

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    Grace Nono on Decolonising Voice

    Filipino performing artist, scholar and grassroots community leader Grace Nono (Babaylan Sing Back) will share the challenges and joys of being a changemaker and advocate for her people’s voice.

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    Desert Stanzas

    An annual highlight in the Dubai cultural calendar, Desert Stanzas is the Festival’s unforgettable night of celebration and rapture featuring poetry and spoken word from around the world.

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    425.00 AED


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