US-born singer Somi finds peace in Africa

“I love the love of music that has always been here in South Africa. As someone who is primarily categorised as a jazz artist, knowing that there is such a deep, long and respected legacy of jazz in South Africa is wonderful. I feel understood here,” says soul and jazz singer Somi who recently spoke to the Mail & Guardian during her Africa tour in May that ended in Johannesburg.

The acclaimed East African vocalist, who met up with me at her record label, Sony’s Jo’burg office, has become more of a global citizen over the years; moving from city to city.

Her parents are Rwandian and Ugandian, and although born in Illinois, in the US, she has lived in African countries such as Zambia and Kenya and is now based in New York City.

Read it at the M&G.

Image – Somi (Glynis Carpenter)