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Country : Rwanda / Uganda / United States Label : Okeh / Sony Genres and styles : Afrobeat / Bikutsi / Soul Year : 2014
Somi

The Lagos Music Salon

· by Ralph Boncy

Her parents come from Uganda and Rwanda. Yet it was with the fascinating Afrobeat music of Nigeria that African-American Somi fell in love — to the point of settling in Nigeria, totally immersed, for this unique journey, which proves to be an absolute success. In league with local musicians, she revisits Fela Kuti’s “Lady” with the help of Benin’s Angélique Kidjo. The jazzy soul singer invents a hybrid music here, rewriting Nina Simone (“4 Women”), talking about genocide and social justice for women, and concluding with the moving “Last Song” on an unexpected bikutsi rhythm.

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