Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to her sound. Often compared to the likes of Miriam Makeba and Sarah Vaughn, Somi was curious about how the move back to the African continent might shift her musical perspective and lyrical inspiration.
Her new material strives to transcend diasporic romanticization and instead privilege “inside-out” cultural nuance and social narrative. Over the past year, Somi has been able to both locate and articulate that nuance and, indeed, has new stories to share. Mostly drawn from her Lagos travel journal, the songs highlight the musical conversation Somi is having with the city as she contemplates both the ordinary and profound experiences of Lagos living.
A new album she calls The Lagos Music Salon that will be released in June 2013 and features a guest appearance by superstar Angelique Kidjo.
Really enjoyed this event. Somi delivered her jazzy vibes with unique style.. Enjoyed the fusion of her African roots as well as contemporary. I was able to feel her passion, her cry, joy, empathy. Her music just lulled you in. Will definately see her again. Nana nice for organising this event. It was great to meet you and other's i said hi too. As my first meet up i was encouraged and will attend other's..
Calling all Afrobeats lovers! From Fela Kuti and Hugh Masekela to P-Square and D'Banj, Afrobeats is taking the UK music scene by storm. Let's get together for live gigs, parties, club nights and everything in-between to celebrate this exciting new sound.
If you like music that is different, unique, organic yet modern, with no boundaries, energetic and fused with modern genres without losing its actual identity then you need look no further than Afrobeats.
Afrobeats is the sound of young Africa which is growing in popularity through out the UK and the world. The genre's name stems from Nigeria's Afrobeat which was made popular by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen in the 70s.
Now, we have a young generation of artists not scared to make some fresh new music that has made them superstars with an even bigger fanbase following the likes of Wizkid, 2face, D'banj, P-Square, V.I.P, R2bees, Dj Cleo, HHP, Nameless, Chameleone, K'naan, Cabo Snoop, K'millian, Gal Level, Winky D, Nneka & Kaysha just to name but a few who are household names in and out of Africa with music being played worldwide as well as selling out concerts and fuelling the clubbing scene week in week out.
This group is open to all who appreciate the funky, hyped and energetic sound coming out of Africa right now.
Looking forward to meeting you all at an upcoming meet up.
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