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Rapper and spoken word artist Ruby Ibarra is set to return to Manila for a night of hip-hop and spoken word poetry for “Balikbayan: Ruby Ibarra Live in Manila” on Wednesday, December 20 at B-Side, The Collective in Makati.

Organized by White Wall Poetry, Ruby Ibarra is sharing the stage with NINNO, Ryke, poets from White Wall Poetry, Dzeli Del Mundo of Tadhana, Roc-6 of Art Forms Productions, Neil John Luna of Titik Poetry, Jo Hussle of Death Threat, Apoc, Tukar Sinati, and Mellow Submarine. The event will be hosted by rapper GnarlyDork.

Ibarra performed here in the Philippines last 2015 for a free event that showcased a lot of talented rappers and poets at the venue then known as Sev’s Café in Malate. The event was a success as rappers, poets and audience from mainstream, underground, and Fliptop scene came by to witness her. What was intended to be a small gathering was packed with more or less 300 people.

The California-based artist released a new EP entitled Circa ’91 that went on #29 on iTunes rap/hiphop albums, next to the likes of Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar. Colorlines described Ruby Ibarra’s music as “confessional hip-hop with influences such as Tupac and Lauryn Hill. Ibarra’s intricate lyrics explore her personal struggles and what it means to be Filipina, Brown and a woman in the United States. And Ibarra doesn’t shy away from discussing race.”

“Balikbayan: Ruby Ibarra Live in Manila” is happening on December 20, 7pm at B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati. For inquiries, please contact Slac Cayamanda of White Wall Poetry at whitewallpoetry@gmail.com or +63 917 577 1822.

Featured image from Ruby Ibarra | Facebook

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