|Dua Saleh Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Year of Birth||1995|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Dua Saleh is a Sudanese-American singer who has released the EPs Nūr (January 2019), Rosetta (June 2020), and Crossover (2021). Besides their work as a musician, they have acted in the local theater scene in Minneapolis and have been well recognized for portraying the recurring role of Cal Bowman in the Netflix comedy-drama series S*x Education.
Dua Saleh was born in the year 1995.
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
They hold dual nationality.
Dua had attended the Saint Paul Central High School, the oldest high school in the state of Minnesota. There, they had been elected the vice president of the school’s gay-straight alliance.
After their mother had discovered pamphlets for the organization in their backpack, she had sent Dua to the Dugsi Academy, an Islamic charter school in Saint Paul, the state capital of Minnesota.
After their high school graduation, they had joined Augsburg University, a private university in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, they had double-majored in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies, and sociology.
Hip Hop, Rap, Pop, R&B
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
They are of Tunjur descent, a Sunni Muslim ethnic group found in eastern Chad and western Sudan.
- Slender frame
- Long, dreadlocked hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
Dua Saleh Facts
- Dua’s family had become refugees of the Second Sudanese Civil War (a conflict from 1983 to 2005 between the central Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army) in the 1990s. They had fled the country when Dua was 5 years old and had moved to Eritrea at first. They had then escaped to the United States, living in North Dakota, Maine, and Newark, New Jersey, before eventually settling down in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
- Dua had started writing poetry from the age of 4 and had performed at their first open mic in their senior year of high school. They had used this skill to process experiences in their life and had continued to perform at local events and schools. One of their poems, titled Pins and Needles, had been shared on the Minneapolis-based poetry company Button Poetry‘s YouTube channel where it had amassed more than a hundred thousand views by 2018.
- At Augsburg University, they had started experimenting with music for the first time and had released a demo in 2017. Soon, they had started working with a local producer named Psymun and this had ultimately resulted in the release of Dua’s debut EP titled Nūr in January 2019.
- At the university, they had once led a walkout from their former high school in protest of the school-to-prison pipeline (the disproportionate tendency of minors and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to become incarcerated because of harsh school and municipal policies, as well as because of educational inequality in the United States) at Saint Paul Central High School.
- Dua is nonbinary and uses they/them, he/him, and xe/xyr pronouns. They had come out while in their 2nd year at Augsburg University.
Featured Image by Dua Saleh / Instagram