Jazz Singer-Songwriter Vocal African

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

Somi’s roots lie in Rwanda and Uganda but she has always been fond of exploring the world in search of inspiration. She moved to Nigeria for her latest album (The Lagos Music Salon) and crafted the previous one in Harlem (Petite Afrique). Somi uses songwriting as a powerful tool to observe her surroundings and sharply criticise what strikes her as wrong. She then pens strong songs to rub salt in the wound - singing, humming, whispering and panting with a bitter-sweet voice her tales of everyday racism, drugs and violence.

All this is then conveyed with playfulness, elegance and musicality in the studio and on stage. 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 newspaper FAZ about Somi's show at The Enjoy Jazz Festival. In Europe, Somi has appeared at prestigious festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria 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.


25.04.2019 FI-Espoo April Jazz Espoo
26.04.2019 CH-Basel Jazzfestival Basel
Kaserne Basel
03.05.2019 DE-Frankfurt am Main Alte Oper Frankfurt
04.05.2019 DE-Kassel Staatstheater Kassel
  • 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
Hervé Samb - guitar
Keith Witty - bass
Toru Dodo - piano
Anwar Marshall - drums

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




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Patrick Weissenfels
Patrick Weissenfels
Booking Agent / +49 30 26 103 29 22
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Juliane Spence
Production & PR / +49 30 26 103 29 33

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