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Ruby Mountain Puts Magic And Heart Into Her Music

Dan Soley
Ruby Mountain

Ruby Mountain's songs come from her heart. The Oakland-born singer talks about themes of love, grief and overcoming in her work. Her latest album is "Waves."

Ruby uses looped vocals and beats to create music that is mystical and soulful. Her music is also influenced by the traditional Afghan songs she sings with her family. In this interview she talks about opening her heart to love and healing as she grieves the loss of her mother.

Watch her first music video “https://youtu.be/F4DDPE2pIP0" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sunrise," which was shot entirely in Oakland. Listen to more of her music on Bandcamp.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.