Somi Performs "The Lagos Music Salon": Harlem Mist April 24

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Sensational song stylist Somi sweeps through Harlem with a rare New York show. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter-scholar recently sang her melodic Ginger Me Slowly on BET’s popular series Being Mary Jane.

Somi, the acclaimed multi-talented song stylist, will perform her hit jazz album The Lagos Music Salon at Madiba Harlem at MIST, located at 46 West 116th Street, on Friday, April 24. The performance begins at 8:00pm and doors open at 7:00pm.

Born in Illinois to parents from Uganda and Rwanda, Somi is a singer-songwriter-scholar who weaves jazz, pop, soul and African music into her socially-conscious and deeply poetic body of work.

Her new album The Lagos Music Salon (Sony Music/OKeh) is inspired by an 18-month sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria. The album, released in 2014, debuted at #3 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart and #4 on its Traditional Jazz Chart and features special guests Angelique Kidjo, Common and Ambrose Akinmusire.  It is also the highly anticipated follow up to her last studio album If The Rains Come First, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard World Music Chart and featured Hugh Masekela, Somi’s long-time mentor.

Somi is a TED Senior Fellow and an Artist-in-Residence at both UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance and the Robert Rauschenburg Foundation. Last year, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon invited Somi to perform at the United Nations General Assembly.

Somi’s dynamic approach to her music and social responsibility has raised comparisons to Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.  This year, she reached television audiences when her melodic song Ginger Me Slowly was heard on BET’s hit show Being Mary Jane. The acclaimed vocalist, who has been a New Yorker over 10 years, demurely says she’s an East African girl who loves family, poetry, and freedom.

Somi: The Lagos Music Salon is presented by Madiba Harlem at MIST. Tickets are $10.00 (standing room), $25.00 (general admission) and $35.00 (VIP). For tickets and information phone 212.828.MIST or www.madibaharlem.com.         

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