GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer Somi releases her new album 'Zenzile: The Reinterpretation of Miriam Makeba'. - VybezTV
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GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer Somi releases her new album ‘Zenzile: The Reinterpretation of Miriam Makeba’.



GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer Somi releases her new album 'Zenzile: The Reinterpretation of Miriam Makeba'.

Somi, 33, is of Rwandan and Ugandan descent and currently resides in the United States of America, where she emigrated as a teenager.
GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Somi has released her new album Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba, a tribute to the late Makeba’s invaluable musical contributions and her messages for social justice.

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

The album features Somi’s interpretation of some of Makeba’s best-known records, including both original Makeba compositions and cover versions. It features special guest appearances by Seun Kuti, Grammy Award-winning Angelique Kidjo and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Gregory Porter and other heavyweights in African music.

The release date was specifically chosen to honor Makeba, known as “Mama Africa” during her lifetime, on her 90th birthday. On March 19, Somi will celebrate the release of this monumental album with a star-studded performance at the historic Apollo Theater in New York.

The 33-year-old Somi is of Rwandan and Ugandan descent and currently lives in the United States of America, where she emigrated as a teenager. In 2020, she became the first African woman to be nominated in a jazz category at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

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

Watch the stunning music video for the lead single “Pata Pata” here, and check out Somi’s new version of “Milele,” the second single featuring Seun Kuti and Thandiswa Mazwai, here.

You can listen to the latest single “House of the Rising Sun” here.


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