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Grammy-nominated Somi drops new single from upcoming album 'Zenzile The Reimagining Of Miriam Makeba' ARRIVING IN MARCH

January 21st 2022, 11:47:51 am

The album is a reimagination of Miriam Makeba Arriving In March.

Somi. (TBD)

GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, songwriter, and jazz musician Somi, has released a single titledHouse of the Rising Sun’ the first of two songs to be released ahead of her upcoming album, 'Zenzile: The Reimagining Of Miriam Makeba,' which is set to drop on March 4, 2022.

This new album, to be released on the artist's Salon Africana label, is an ode to late legendary South African singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba for her invaluable musical contributions and social justice in the continent, particularly in South Africa.

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On the album, Somi performs renditions of some of Makeba's most well-known records, including both original compositions by Makeba and covers. It features special guest appearances by Seun Kuti, Grammy Award winners Angelique Kidjo and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Gregory Porter, and other African music heavyweights.

This release date is set to honor Makeba, who was known in her lifetime as 'Mama Africa,' on what would have been her 90th birthday, and on March 19, Somi will host a celebration for the release of this monumental album with a star studded performance at the historic Apollo Theater in New York.

Somi, 33, is of Rwandan and Ugandan descent and currently resides in the United States of America, where she moved to in her teens. In 2020, She became the first African female to be nominated in any Jazz category at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

In late 2021, Global music streaming giants, Spotify announced its partnership with Somi as the latest African singer to join its EQUAL Music Program. The EQUAL Music Program is a global initiative by Spotify, created to encourage gender equality in music and support female creators under one brand.

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