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Somi

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Somi is a U.S. singer and songwriter of African extraction.

Born in Illinois to East African parents, Somi and her six siblings began to shuffle through the life of a diplomat scientist-cum-university professor’s family, thus exposing Somi to stories and music from all over the world. Having lived in Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania, upon moving to New York City Somi was the featured vocalist in the African Globe Theatre production of Drums under the African Sky. This led to collaborations with Amel Larrieux, Tsidii Le Loka, Roy Hargrove, Lionel Loueke, and Lonnie Plaxico. She gained more attention after being featured in Source Magazine alongside Mos Def and other lyricists involved in a police anti-brutality project entitled Hip-Hop for Respect, and in 2005 she shared a stage with Cassandra Wilson at the Blue Note jazz club’s New Year’s Eve celebration. She has performed at Joe’s Pub, B.B.King’s, The Blue Note in New York City, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and Chicago’s famed South Shore Jazz Fest, among many other international venues.

Somi recently found time to complete a master’s degree at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has been profiled in numerous media including CNN International, BBC World, National Public Radio, TV 5 Monde, VH1, MTV, and BET. In 2006 she was invited by the International French Cultural Centre to tour fifteen African countries. Earlier in the year she helped the Rwanda Ministry of Culture and World Culture Open to organise the fifth Pan-African festival of Dance in Kigali, Rwanda, while consulting for the United Nations Development Programme’s International Conference on Creative Economies for Development.

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  • Nachtfalke1985

    wow. thx for your music <3

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Jam0407

    Proud of You, Somi...Much Love.

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • FCA19795

    She's sounds so silky, smooth and mellow. Definitely can put you in a good mood. Really loving 'The Lagos Music Station'.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Stacy84

    Great singer & equally great music! She's becoming one of my favorite artists. Can't wait to her new album this year!

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
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    2 Jan 2012 Reply
  • CukiMonster

    Gorgerous... love it! You have a fan in Mexico C:

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • santicasukha

    Love at first listen!

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • Elanor1989

    Now I'm in love with Enganjyani ;)

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • nuddlegg

    Just found ... Ingele plucks my heartstrings even though I don't understand a single word ...what can I say....ready to dive into more of it.

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • Maaarrrk

    Somi is the best singer/song writer I've heard in decades. She really needs to make have a few songs on a movie soundtrack so more people will know about her.

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Maaarrrk

    NPR had a good story on Somi on January 5, 2010 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122252775

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • leroijonesjr

    i feel like more ppl should b up on her. for real.

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • anna-dee

    Hey, I like her music! ♥♥

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • dikakoma

    Somi is fantastic! I own all of her albums and when I put one on I usually just hit repeat. If I was stranded on a lush little island off the horn of Africa with three artists of my choice they would probably be Somi, Bob Marley & Nina Simone.

    20 Sep 2008 Reply

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