East African soul singer Somi is originally from Rwanda and Uganda, but has made West Harlem her home over the past five years. Her critically acclaimed album Red Soil In My Eyes (Harmonia Mundi, 2007) maintained a spot in the top 10 world music charts for several weeks after its release while she performed to audiences across four continents. She has since worked with or performed alongside the likes of Paul Simon, John Legend, Hugh Masekela, Amel Larrieux, Roy Hargrove, Idan Raichel, and Mos Def. Currently finishing up the production of her new album scheduled for release in October 2009 on the progressive ObliqSound label, Somi's new work showcases her whimsically clever songwriting & pure vocal beauty against electro-acoustic soundscapes that offer a modern look at classic soul and Africa's future. Join us for an intimate sample of new grooves and refreshing musical direction.
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