• When: 8th Mar
  • Where: Gordon Pl Stage
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Rubita’s interest in guitar was sparked when she watched the scene in ‘Back to the Future’ where Marty Mcfly blows everyone away with his talent playing an electric guitar. With an unstoppable determination to be as good, Rubita started guitar lessons, and at age 16 she started song writing.

For her final year of high school Rubita, stage name for singer/songwriter Rachel Kibblewhite, spent the year in Argentina on a school exchange. Engrossed in the passionate latin culture and music, her music became enriched by these Latin American flavours.

Her musical adventure went to new heights during her music degree at Otago University, where she studied electric guitar and played alongside successful musicians from the likes of ‘Soaked Oats’, ‘The Shambles’ and ‘Earth to Zena’. The student life in Otago inspired many of the songs which feature on the debut album. 

Rubita was the first female to graduate with a Bachelor in Music, majoring in electric guitar in 2015. 

She gained an abundance of performance skills during university, and soon decided to form ‘Rubita’ alongside other talented musicians in 2016. The band includes Luke Kibblewhite on Saxophone, Seth Clement on drums and Hon Man on bass, and together they released her first E.P ‘Brutal yet Dulce Soap’ the same year. The E.P was fine-tuned and perfected with the help of well-renowned producer Scott Newth, who has been heavily involved with Rubita’s success. For the last 3 years she has been touring and working on her debut album ‘Distinctive Thrill’. Since moving to Wellington this year she has formed another Rubita Band with amazing local musicians Chris Moses on bass, Josh Brown on drums and Theo Sekeris on keys, flute and the accordion. 

“The talented Rubita is back with her new single Let Me Know and it is such an impressive track. I really like the complex melodic construction which showcases creativity. Besides, Rubita her vocals are breath-taking, she has such a unique voice. Furthermore, I am also a big fan of the powerful rhythms!

Lefuturewave 

"This is a CD you’ll want to put on after a long hard day and sip a mojito to, or better yet dance a cha cha step to its soft yet poppy jazz vibes. At four tracks deep the EP is short yet ‘dulce’ (sweet) and definitely demands repeated plays."

NZ musician

"The vivid emotions and inviting melodies here allow “Let Me Know” develop beautifully. Altogether, it’s a quite powerful and impressive composition showcasing Rubita’s talent."

Tonic Grain