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Ruby Ibarra
Ruby Ibarra
WhenSaturday, June 29, 2019, 6:05 – 7 PM
StageMain Stage
Folklife CategoriesPerformance
CategoriesKids & Families, Performances
AccessibilityASL-interpreted program, Assisted listening devices, Real-time captioning
SponsorSmithsonian Folklife Festival
VenueSmithsonian Folklife Festival
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The Fierce Urgency of Now: Modern Troubadours, Poets, and Wordsmiths

Born in the Philippines, Ruby Ibarra spent the first four years of her life in Tacloban City before her family eventually settled in San Lorenzo, California. Submerged in the melting pot of the Bay Area, Ruby’s adolescent years introduced her to a wide array of cultures, experiences, and most importantly: hip-hop, which resonated at every corner of her neighborhood.

Known for her sharp lyricism and rhythmic multi-syllabic flows, Ruby attributes her musical identity to being a child during the ’90s—constantly hearing Tupac, Eminem, and Wu Tang Clan play on the radio and television, she instantly knew rap was the best way she could express herself. Witnessing the “golden era” of hip-hop during her formative years, she has never forgotten the sounds that she was initially introduced to and quickly fell in love with.

As a teenager, Ruby began crafting her own rhymes until she began to develop her own style and became comfortable with sharing her story. She quickly picked up music production shortly thereafter and eventually started performing publicly, starting in the college and local venue circuits.

Websitewww.rubyibarra.com
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