Photo: Donna Ibarra

Sounds of L.A.: Ruby Ibarra and the Balikbayans


Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 7 pm

Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 4 pm

Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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New listeners to Oakland-based MC, rapper, and spoken word artist Ruby Ibarra will hear familiar stories reflecting the lives of immigrants and communities of color, but they may also hear something unfamiliar: Tagalog and Waray. These languages originate in the Philippines, just like Ibarra. Both are especially percussive languages: perfect for her voice and vision. She’ll be joined by contemporary and traditional musicians for an evening illuminating the social power of music. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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