The combination of African groove and vocal jazz with a strong voice of social conscience takes this performance to the next level.
Acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Somi has built a career of transatlantic sonicism and storytelling. Petite Afrique Somi’s sophomore effort for Sony Music, is a daring, relevant, refashioning of what “jazz” and “African music” mean – both singularly and to each other. The album, which tells the story of African immigrants in the midst of a gentrified Harlem, New York, won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album and features special guest Aloe Blacc.
Petite Afrique is the highly anticipated follow-up to Somi’s last chart-topping album The Lagos Music Salon, which features special guests Angelique Kidjo and Common. It landed at #1 on US Jazz charts. Both albums straddle the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls “Superb!”
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.”
The charismatic Somi has often been reffered to the strong and politically active singers, such as Nina Simome and Miriam Makeba, but she has found her own voice as a singer and songwriter. Somi’s music is a daring, relevant, refashioning of what “jazz” and “African music” mean – both singularly and to each other.
Somi, vocals (US)
Toru Dodo, piano (JP)
Hervé Sambe, guitar (SN)
Keith Witty, bass (US)
Anwar Marshall, drums (US)
Duration about 1,5h, no intermission