RUTH B ON FILMING IN HER HOMETOWN AND FIGHTING RACISM WITH MUSIC

Singer’s new music video follows the release of song about anti-Black racism

Ruth B filmed her latest music video, Dirty Nikes, in and around Edmonton. (Supplied by Damien Nelson)

Singer Ruth Berhe, who performs as Ruth B, rose to stardom after her six-second recordings — shot in her Edmonton bedroom — went viral on the video-sharing app Vine.

For the first time in years, the 25-year-old songwriter has returned to her hometown, where she is spending the COVID-19 pandemic with family and friends. Once again she is making music the way she used to, alone in a room with a keyboard.

“There are definitely a lot of stories unfolding, so I’ve just been trying to put that into music,” the singer said Thursday in an interview with CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active.

Thanks to the pandemic, Edmonton became the setting for the music video of her song Dirty Nikes, which was released last Friday.

The video, directed by Vancouver’s Gabriel Adelman, features shots of the Rocky Mountains (taken during the small crew’s drive east), a canola field, a skate park and rows upon rows of used tire rims.

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