Somi On Song Travels Somi performs her original "Last Song" and joins host Michael Feinstein for "Embraceable You."
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Somi In The Studio

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Somi On Song Travels

Somi On Song Travels

Somi In The Studio

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Set List

  • Somi, "Four African Women (excerpt)" (Somi, Olatuja, Simone)
  • Somi (voice), Toru Dodo (piano), "Two Dollar Day" (Somi, Asuquo)
  • Somi (voice), Toru Dodo (piano), "Ginger Me" (Somi, Olunuga)
  • Somi (voice), Toru Dodo (piano), "Last Song" (Somi, Olatuja)
  • Somi (voice), Toru Dodo (piano), "Brown Round Things" (Somi, Olunuga, Dodo)
  • Somi (voice), Toru Dodo (piano), "Ingele" (Somi, Sambe)
  • Somi (voice), Feinstein (voice), Toru Dodo (piano), "Embraceable You" (Gershwin)

American vocalist and songwriter Somi combines the music of her African heritage with American-style jazz, pop and soul. After her parents left Rwanda and Uganda, Somi spent 18 months living in Lagos, Nigeria; that time provided the inspiration for her 2014 album The Lagos Music Salon.

On this episode of Song Travels, Somi and host Michael Feinstein discuss the cultural roots of her music. She performs her original "Last Song" and joins Feinstein for "Embraceable You."

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