Jazz Singer-Songwriter Vocal African

The press refers to Somi as the new Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba or Dianne Reeves. But she has long since found her own musical language as a singer and songwriter.

Somi’s roots are in Rwanda and Uganda. For her last album The Lagos Music Salon she moved to Nigeria, her latest album Petite Afrique was created in Harlem. In her songwriting she observes attentively and criticizes sharply. Somi puts her finger in the wound - Bitter sweet she sings, hums, whispers and pants of everyday racism, drugs and violence.

All this is conveyed with playful elegance and musicality. Her songs “gracefully fuse African-tinged grooves, supple jazz singing and compassionate social consciousness; they’re both serious and seductive.”(NY Times)
The audience and the promoters are thrilled: “A festival with an opening like this is approaching the title of excellence. “, says German major newsletter FAZ about Somi’s show at The Enjoy Jazz festival.

In Europe, Somi appeared at prestigious festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, the London Jazz Festival and jazznojazz in Zurich and performed in well-known classical halls such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.


25.07.2018 DE-Marseille Marseille Jazz des Cinq Continents
16.11.2018 LU-Marnach Cube 521
  • Somi - The Making of Petite Afrique
    Somi - The Making of Petite Afrique
  • Somi - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival - "Brown Round Things"
    Somi - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival - "Brown Round Things"
  • Somi: 'Last Song,' Live On Soundcheck
    Somi: 'Last Song,' Live On Soundcheck
  • Somi performs her song "Ginger Me Slowly!"
    Somi performs her song "Ginger Me Slowly!"
"Somi: A New High Priestess of Soul."
"Somi ist eine faszinierende Jazzsängerin auf dem Niveau einer Dianne Reeves (...)"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 10.06.2017
"Eine Stimme wie poliertes Ebenholz, sehr edel klingend. Und wenn sie in die Bruststimme wechselt, klingt es warm und sinnlich. Einen enormen Tonumfang hat sie übrigens, kann von der Bassestiefe mühelos bis in höchste Höhen schwingen."
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, 10.04.2017
„Wenn sie „Brown Round Things“ anstimmt, eine hauchzarte, bittersüße Ballade über die Prostitution, oder das auf Suaheli vorgetragene Liebeslied „Ingele“, dann trifft sie als Geschichtenerzählerin mitten ins Herz.“
"Globe- spanning music... a unique and personal musical statement."
WNYC, 08.06.2014
Pétite Afrique
Pétite Afrique
Okeh Records/Sony Music
The Lagos Music Salon
The Lagos Music Salon
Okeh Records/Sony Music
Line up

Somi - lead vocals
Liberty Ellman - guitar
Keith Witty - bass
Toru Dodo - piano
Otis Brown III - drums

Somi - lead vocals
Hervé Samb - guitar
Gino Chantoiseau - bass
Jerry Leonide - piano
Tilo Bertolo - drums




2018 July, August, November
2019 April, May
Patrick Weissenfels
Patrick Weissenfels
Booking Agent / +49 30 26 103 29 22
Leya Jerzy
Leya Jerzy
Production & PR / +49 30 26 103 29 33

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