SOAPBOX 2017 Special Performance by Somi
May 23, 2017
We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Somi will join us in Imagining More this year with a special performance at SOAPBOX 2017!
Widely celebrated for her words and soundscapes, Somi creates pathways to new ways of seeing the world. From East Africa to Harlem, her songs weave together stories, celebrating the vibrancy and richness of African and Black diasporic culture, while also addressing the realities of real world concerns––such as immigration and gentrification––and the impact on communities of color.
Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind performance. Purchase your ticket to SOAPBOX before it’s too late!
About the Artist
Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to her sound. Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard exclaims that she’s “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”
Widely acknowledged as both artist and scholar, Somi is a TED Senior Fellow, an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellow, a former Artist-in-Residence at Park Avenue Armory, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Baryshnikov Arts Center. She is also the founder of New Africa Live, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the very best of contemporary African artists working in the performance, visual, and literary arts. Also celebrated for her activism, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently asked Somi to perform at the United Nations’ General Assembly in commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Last year, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall alongside Hugh Masekela, Dave Matthews, and Vusi Mahlesela in celebration of 20 years of South African democracy.