DANIEL MORENO with Somi "Ulale Malaika Wangu" @ Joe's Pub NYC
Somi is an American singer & songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent.
Known in music industry circles for her tenacity and self-promotion, Somi's original and hybrid sound began to garner international attention from both jazz and world music audiences. She calls this fusion of an African flavor into Jazz as “holistic New African Jazz” .
In 2007, SanaaHouse Productions licensed Somi's Red Soil In My Eyes to the Harmonia Mundi/World Village label for her first international distribution deal. The record received wide critical acclaim with the hit single Ingele that maintained a Top 10 position on U.S. World Music Charts for several months. In 2009, Somi signed with independent record label ObliqSound.
Her label debut "If The Rains Come First" released in North America on October 27, 2009 and subsequently debuted at #2 on Billboard Magazine's World Music Chart. The album features Grammy winning South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela as a guest on one track. Additional featured musicians include Michael Olatuja, Madou Kone, Herve Sambe, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Alicia Olatuja, and others. The album is co-produced by Michele Locatelli and Michael Olatuja. Recording sessions took place in both Paris and New York.