The Lagos Music Salon
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||First Kiss: Eko Oni Baje||Somi||1:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Love Juju #1||Somi||3:22||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Lady Revisited (feat. Angelique Kidjo)||Somi||3:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ankara Sundays||Somi||5:18||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ginger Me Slowly||Somi||4:04||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||When Rivers Cry (feat. Common)||Somi||4:28||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Brown Round Things (feat. Ambrose Akinmusire)||Somi||4:30||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Story of Monkey||Somi||0:53||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Akobi: First Born S(u)n||Somi||4:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Two Dollar Day||Somi||5:51||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Still Your Girl||Somi||4:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Four.One.Nine||Somi||3:32||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Love Nwantinti (feat. In His Image)||Somi||2:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Four African Women||Somi||6:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hearts & Swag||Somi||1:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Love Juju #2||Somi||4:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Last Song||Somi||4:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Shine Your Eye||Somi||3:23||$1.29||View in iTunes|
|19||VideoLast Song||Somi||4:33||Album Only||View in iTunes|
While her roots are in Rwanda and Uganda, the American-born singer Somi was drawn to Nigeria for the inspiration that drives The Lagos Music Salon. Past efforts have been anchored in jazz, with elements of simmering R&B. Yet she mostly leaves jazz behind on her third studio album—and not only because she (joined by Angelique Kidjo) does an excellent version of the Fela classic “Lady” as well as the Afrobeat “Akobi: First Born S(U)N.” She also pairs a string quartet with rapper Common on the downtempo “When Rivers Cry” to fine effect on a song about pollution. The TED fellow also emphasizes issues relating to African women on songs like “Four African Women” and “Brown Round Things.” There are also several songs that address affairs of the heart, with the taunt “Still Your Girl” and the smoldering “Ginger Me Slowly” standing out. Lighter elements of pop and R&B come into play on “Ankara Sundays” and the slow-building “Last Song,” and there are also short snippets of conversation for ambiance, making this an album truly sweeping in breadth as well as ambition.
Amazing album from an AMAZING artist!! Highly recommended!! BUY IT!!
This is beautiful music! Refreshing to hear in the landscape of so much awful music that doesn't speak to the spirit - gave me chills. A beautiful voice singing poetry.
This is a great listen. Highly recommended.
Born: June 6, 1981 in Champaign, IL
Years Active: '00s, '10s