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Presented in association with MIST Harlem
46 W 116 Street
Harlem, NY 10026
Enjoy a rare evening with one of jazz’s most prominent young voices whom The Huffington Post hailed as “The New High Priestess of Soul.” East African vocalist & songwriter Somi will present an exclusive set of music from her new album The Lagos Music Salon while accompanied by an all-acoustic chamber jazz ensemble. Be transported into an evening of transatlantic stories and sound in the heart of Harlem.
Somi (voice), Otis Brown III (drums), Toru Dodo (piano), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Patrice Jackson-Tilghman (cello), Juliette Jones (violin), Alicia Olatuja (additional voice), and Michael Olatuja (bass).
East African vocalist & songwriter Somi weaves jazz and African music into her socially-conscious and deeply poetic body of work that The New York Times hails as “both serious and seductive.” Her new album “The Lagos Music Salon” (Sony Music/OKeh) is inspired by an 18-month sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria. The album, which debuted at #1 on U.S. Jazz Charts, features special guests Angelique Kidjo and Common. Somi is a TED Fellow, an Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellow, and currently an Artist-in-Residence at both UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance and the Robert Rauschenburg Foundation. She is also the founder of non-profit organization New Africa Live. Currently, Somi is developing a jazz opera about the life and legacy of late South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba.
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