Tue, January 15th

Somi

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Doors 7:00pm
Show 8:00pm
Advance Price $15 (SAVE 30% on dinner when you include a Full Dinner for only $20 - details below)
Door Price $20
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door


Somi

Somi 

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One year ago, acclaimed East African vocalist & songwriter Somi decided to move to Lagos, Nigeria in search of new inspiration.  The result: a new album she calls The Lagos Music Salon that will be released in June 2013 and features a guest appearance by superstar Angelique Kidjo.  Working alongside the totally blind yet absolutely brilliant Nigerian producer Cobhams Asuquo and the multitalented American composer Keith Witty, Somi has written a body of new work that draws from Lagos’ boastful cosmopolitanism, urgent inspiration, and giant spirit -straddling the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls “Superb!”

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to her sound.  Often compared to the likes of Miriam Makeba and Sarah Vaughn, Somi was curious about how the move back to the  African continent might shift her musical perspective and lyrical inspiration.  Her new material strives to transcend diasporic romanticization and instead privilege “inside-out” cultural nuance and social narrative.  Over the past year, Somi has been able to both locate and articulate that nuance and, indeed, has new stories to share. Mostly drawn from her Lagos travel journal, the songs highlight the musical conversation Somi is having with the city as she contemplates both the ordinary and profound experiences of Lagos living.

The Lagos Music Salon is a highly anticipated follow up to the young singer’s last studio album, If The Rains Come First (ObliqSound) – a stunning collection of selfpenned story-based songs which debuted at #2 on the Billboard World Chart and of which The Boston Globe said “glistens with the sheen of an almost impossibly perfect cosmopolitanism."  Singing in English, Yoruba, and Nigerian Pidgin, her artistic evolution is indisputable.

JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard calls it “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”  As her career has taken off, Somi’s talents have been called upon for collaborations and live performances alongside Bobby McFerrin, Baaba Maal, John Legend, Cassandra Wilson, Mos Def, Paul Simon, Idan Raichel, Jennifer Hudson, and many more.  Last year, Somi recorded and released her first live album at the legendary Jazz Standard in New York City to critical acclaim.

Somi was also named a 2011 TED Global Fellow, an inaugural Association of Performaning Arts Presenters Fellow, and is the founder of New Africa Live, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the very best of contemporary African artists working in the performance, visual, and literary arts.

For more information about Somi, please visit her Official Website






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**Dinner Special Details**

 
Click on the ticket link above and select the General Admission ticket PLUS $20 Dinner special to save 30% on your dinner (does not include TIP). Select your dinner option on the page during checking-out when you review your online order and BEFORE finishing the check process.** 

Dinner options include:

  OPTION 1: Mediterranean Plate with Green Salad and a Soda
  OPTION 2: Cheeseburger with Green Salad, Humus and a Soda
  OPTION 3: Fish & chips with Green Salad, Humus and a Soda