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”.
In Europe Somi has successfully introduced her music to audiences at festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, London Jazz Festival & Jazz no Jazz and has already played prestigious classical halls such as Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
Her recent album Pétite Afrique is a song cycle inspired by the vibrant African immigrant community that has become a vital part of Harlem’s cultural dimension – and to New York City as a whole. The album is an amalgamation of the musical and cultural worlds that most deeply resonate with who Somi is as an African and American woman, while drawing on her training as a vocalist, jazz musician, songwriter, cultural anthropologist, and proud Harlemite.
Somi - lead vocals
Toru Dodo - piano
Keith Witty - bass
Liberty Ellman - acoustic guitar
Otis Brown III - drums / percussion