Somi Channels the Spirit of Miriam Makeba in Theater and Song

The jazz singer has long-admired the late Miriam Makeba, and through a stage production and an album of covers, shares that appreciation with the world.

Like many children of African immigrants of this generation, Somi grew up with the music of Miriam Makeba being ubiquitous around her. She can’t tell you exactly when she first heard Pata Pata or Malaika, or even when she first heard Makeba’s name, but, for as long as she can remember, the iconic South African singer has been part of Somi’s world. “She was always just the soundtrack to my life, in some way,” she tells OkayAfrica.

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Win Tickets To globalFEST 2016 In NYC With Ethiopia’s Fendika, Somi & More

globalFEST returns to NYC this month with their annual festival at Webster Hall. The 12 artist bill this year includes Fendika, Somi & more

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