"No Arabic vocal diva, Shamshoum stylishly sidesteps stereotypes and instead maps out a highly contemporary and personal course."
"... and if her songs appear on the surface to be about love, there are undercurrents of longing and regret lurking beneath the surface that hint at wider political and historical themes.
Ruba Shamshoum is a Palestinian musician, born and raised in Nazareth, currently based in London, UK. 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, she dove into music and made it her profession; Ruba studied jazz performance at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. She wrote music for film (When I Saw You), released a few singles that generated much acclaim and were a part of top indie charts in the Middle East and North Africa, performed in international festivals in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and gave a TEDx talk about finding your own distinctive voice in music and art.
In May 2017, Ruba released her debut album ‘Shamat’ (Arabic for Beauty Spots), written and arranged by her. Each song on the album explores different shades of emotion.