Ruby Ibarra is a rapper, spoken word artist, and music producer from the Bay Area, CA. She released her first mixtape, Lost in Translation, in December 2012, which was hosted by DJ Kay Slay and premiered on Shade 45 Radio. She has been fortunate enough to be featured on noted web-based publications such as Worldstar Hip Hop, XXL Magazine, and MTV & VH1’s blogs. She is currently working on her first full-length album, slated for release in early 2016 under Beatrock Music. For more of her music and poetry, please visit: www.rubyibarra.com
The Wakan Wiya (Sacred Woman) ceremonial drum represents a larger Two Spirit prayer community with many members here in the Bay Area. Zamora is a Two Spirit ceremonial drummer and singer. She is Yaqui and her familia comes from the south, from Sonora, Chihuahua and Tabasco, Mexico. Zamora has been fortunate to lead drums in several communities and is a regularly member and song teacher with the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirit (BAAITS) Drum. She is joined today by several drummers from these communities today to offer prayers for the important continuing work of EWOCC.
Yiann is currently learning about self-care, an underrated but very necessary practice for a queer woman of color and somewhat burned-out (burnt-out?) campus organizer. Though she has been performing her folksy yet rhythm-and-bluesy songs for a few years now, her best vocal work still comes most naturally in the privacy of the shower. Check out her literally titled playlist “Ideas and snippets” on http://yiann.bandcamp.com/