“An adventurous young singer, songwriter and Ted Talk giver who blends jazz and improv with Arabic and Middle Eastern flavours”– The Irish Times
On May 25th, Palestinian vocalist Ruba Shamshoum will celebrate the launch of her debut album ‘Shamat’ (Beauty Spots) with a full-band-gig at Whelan’s upstairs, with the support of IMC - Improvised Music Company .
Ruba is influenced by a wide range of music, from her roots of Palestinian traditional music to rock, pop and jazz, which is abundantly heard in the songs through the unique vocal melodies, catchy hooks, tight grooves and powerful chord progressions. She sings in both Arabic and English, and uses music to deal with identity, anger, lack of communication, fear and love.
2016 was a great year for Ruba’s music; playing international festivals, giving a TED talk at TEDx London Business School, and recording her first album with acclaimed musicians. This gig at Whelan’s will be a celebration of the long journey that took to get here, and the longer journey ahead.
“Ruba’s songs have strong narratives about exile, hope and love. Her distinct jazz influences allowed space to flourish with a band drawn from the elite of the Dublin jazz scene.” Hot Press
“Jazzy, soulful and heart-felt, her catchy compositions are infectiously delightful. Her formal jazz training is evident in the improvised vocal scat she peppers into her songs that creates a beautifully vintage atmosphere of a bygone era.” Mideast Tunes
Ruba Shamshoum is a Palestinian-Irish musician who studied Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre. Ruba Shamshoum is a Palestinian musician, born and raised in Nazareth and currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Ruba’s music draws from the harmony, sensibility, improvisation and playfulness of jazz, mixed with tinges of Middle Eastern and Arabic musical elements that compliment her style, and bring it to unique and distinctive places.
In 2011, Ruba dove into music, and made it her profession; She studied jazz performance at Newpark Music Centre, wrote music for film (When I Saw you), released a few singles that generated much acclaim and were part of top indie charts in the Middle East and North Africa, performed in international festivals in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East, and gave a TED talk about finding your own distinctive voice in music and art. Ruba has also been performing with Irish artist David Rooney; singing backing vocals in his band and adding her touch to the sound of his album.
In May 2017, Ruba released her debut album ‘Shamat’ (Beauty Spots), written and arranged by her. In the album she deals with identity, anger, escapism, lack of communication, fear and love. Each song on the album explores different shades of emotion.
“Jazzy, soulful and heart-felt, her catchy compositions are infectiously delightful. Her formal jazz training is evident in the improvised vocal scat she peppers into her songs that creates a beautifully vintage atmosphere of a bygone era.”– Mideast Tunes
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