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Singer Rupa Marya on influence and inspiration

Chris Hambrick

Rupa Marya is the composer, guitarist and lead singer for the band Rupa and The April Fishes. She sat down with KALW's Jen Chien to talk about the influences behind her new album Oval and how music can inspire social change. 

MARYA: You need all of these things to create a city, you don’t need just one group of people. You don’t just need apps.

Rupa and the April Fishes debut their latest album Oval at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on Wednesday, September 9th at 8pm. Listen to Marya give her picks for cool arts happenings around the Bay this weekend over at our new segment, Sights and Sounds

Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.