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.
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Mideast Tunes““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.” ”