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Nuha Ruby Ra

Music / Punk / London, United Kingdom

Even in the pulsating London underground, Nuha Ruby Ra’s sound is a novelty. “Confessional film music” is what she calls her mix of post-punk, free-jazz and spoken-word, which in their impetuous and experimental frenzy remind of the British capital in the late 70s and 80s when punk, industrial and new wave were in the midst of their unstoppable march through the cultural institutions of the time. At the start of the pandemic, after battling a period of self-doubt and depression, emerges a woman, seemingly out of the blue, her name reminiscent of Sun Ra. The songs on her debut EP “How to Move” bear the scars of her struggle, sounding raw, experimental and in themselves torn, yet they portray a sense of catharsis. All the pain, all the obstacles she had overcome have become the foundation for the inspiration of absolutely extraordinary music which rejects any acknowledgement of trends or conventions. Accordingly, her single “My Voice” from the start of the year adheres to said aesthetic, its composition knowing no plans or rules. Anything that could help her turn her inner world inside out is conceivable and acceptable to Ra. Which might be one, but certainly not the only reason why she’s already considered one of the most interesting new artists of the decade from whom great things can be expected.

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