Grammy-nominated singer and composer, Somi, has released a single titled ‘House 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 arrange to be released on March 4, 2022.
The yet-to-be released album is an ode to late legendary South African singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba for her worthwhile tuneful contributions and social justice in the continent, particularly in South Africa.
Somi had renditions of some of Makeba’s most well-known records, including both original compositions by Makeba and covers. It also had appearances by Seun Kuti, Grammy Award winners Angelique Kidjo and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Gregory Porter, and other African music heavyweights.
This release date of the album is set to honor Makeba, who was known in her lifetime as ‘Mama Africa,’ on what would have been her 90th birthday.
In March 19, Somi will have a celebration for the release of this tremendous album with a star studded concert 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.
By Damilola Olufemi