Friday 13th July 2018
£20.00 - £45.00
SOMI - vocals
TORU DODO - piano
MICHAEL OLATUJA - bass
HERVÉ SAMB - guitar
ANWAR MARSHALL - drums
Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Somi has built a career of transatlantic sonicism and storytelling. Petite Afrique, Somi’s sophomore effort for Sony Music’s historic OKeh Records, is a daring, relevant, refashioning of what “jazz” and “African music” mean – both singularly and to each other.
The album, which won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album and features special guest Aloe Blacc, is a timely song cycle about the dignity of immigrants in the United States. Equally anthropologist and writer, Somi’s songs both celebrate Harlem’s black experience and lament gentrification’s slow erasure of the vibrant African immigrant population from the historic neighborhood.
Petite Afrique is the highly anticipated follow-up to Somi’s last chart-topping album and major label debut entitled The Lagos Music Salon which was inspired by an 18-month creative sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria and landed at #1 on US Jazz charts. The album, which features special guests Angelique Kidjo, and Common, draws it material from the tropical city's boastful cosmopolitanism, urgent inspiration, and giant spirit. Somi continues to craft a fiercely original way of songmaking that straddles the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls “Superb!”
support (1st house): Randolph Matthews
Inspired by his belief that the power of the human voice changes people lives and the world in incredible ways nominated Jazz fm “Best live performance 2018” Randolph Matthews is described by Jazz FM as “Flawless and world class.”
Performing and recording unaccompanied or with his band Randolph’s vocal performances spans over two decades where he has collaborated with artist from both the jazz ,blues and contemporary music scene such as Mulatu Atstake, Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experience) and openings for Richard Bona (Pat Metheny) and grammy award winner Jazz legend Herbie Hancock.He has also graced the Royal courts of Buckingham palace to perform for Queen Elizabeth II.
Randolph’s show is a international mix of original recordings, reworks, audience interactions in twinned with life stories which he tells with emotive humour.
His new album “Untamed” is due for release in 2018 on BandCamp Spotify and ITunes with a scheduled tour for the Randolph Matthews Untamed tour from early September 2018.
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