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The Fabulous Somi is LIVE TONIGHT at Joe’s Pub/Tomorrow at The Side Door!

September 4, 2015

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In late 2011, acclaimed East African vocalist & songwriter Somi decided to move from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria for 18 months in search of new inspiration. The result: a new album she calls The Lagos Music Salon released in August 2014 as her major label debut on Sony Music/Okeh – landing at #1 on US Jazz charts.  The album, which features special guests Angelique Kidjo, Common and Ambrose Akinmusire, draws it material from the tropical city’s boastful cosmopolitanism, urgent inspiration, and giant spirit – straddling the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls “Superb!”

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to her sound. Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard exclaims that she’s “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”

As her career has taken off, Somi’s talents have been called upon for collaborations and live performances alongside a diverse cast of artists including John Legend, Billy Childs, Paul Simon, Danilo Perez, Idan Raichel, Jennifer Hudson and many more. In 2011, Somi released her first live album of performances at the venerable Jazz Standard in New York City. The result of which JazzTimes hailed as “stunning…natural fervor and naked magnificence.”

You can catch her tonight at Joe’s Pub for two blazing sets at 7:30pm & 9:30pm.
Tomorrow night Somi will be at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT.

I know you’re gonna love this!

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