Somi is an American singer & songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. Known in music industry circles for her tenacity and business acumen, Somi’s original and hybrid sound began to garner international attention from both jazz and world music audiences. She calls this fusion of an African flavor into Jazz as “New African Jazz”. In 2007, SanaaHouse Productions licensed Somi’s Red Soil In My Eyes to the Harmonia Mundi/World Village label for her first international distribution deal. The record received wide critical acclaim with the hit single Ingele that maintained a Top 10 position on U.S. World Music Charts for several months.
In 2013, Somi signed her first major label deal with Sony Music to become one of the first artists on their relaunched historic jazz imprint Okeh Records. Somi’s next release The Lagos Music Salon due August 2014.
She currently shares her time between Nigeria and the United States, living in Lagos and New York City.