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Xenia Rubinos

Brooklyn-based songwriter, singer, and musician with Cuban and Puerto Rican roots

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Xenia Rubinos

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Xenia Rubinos, a musician and songwriter with Cuban and Puerto Rican roots. She combines her powerful voice with imaginative beats and melodies to make music that's exciting and inventive. Soul, punk, hip hop, Latin rhythms—it's all in there with so much more.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article by Isabelia Herrera in The New York Times.


"Don't Put Me In Red" by Xenia Rubinos
2021 | Brooklyn-based songwriter, singer, and musician with Cuban and Puerto Rican roots


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The emphasis on synths marks a turning point for Rubinos, who has always focused on eclecticism but emerged from a more formal jazz background: She studied jazz composition at the Berklee School of Music, but felt deeply alienated by the sexism and elitism of that scene. “I got there and I hated the way that I was objectified,” she said. “That just made me shut down and completely hide myself. I would wear baggy clothes all the time. I didn’t want to be sexualized at all, and I wanted to be taken seriously.”

On [the album] “Una Rosa,” she releases herself. The vocal performances on tracks like “What Is This Voice” and “Don’t Put Me in Red” are deliciously fragile and imperfect, which Rubinos found refreshing after years of striving for perfection. “It was like, ‘Nothing to prove to anybody here, and we’re just doing music.’ This is what this song calls for. This is what this idea sounds like,” she said.

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