When Somi was growing up, her mother told her that the rain, ever unpredictable, could be as much a blessing as a challenge. The blessings might come before the rain, or they could come after--it's all in the timing, she said. That notion has stayed with the charismatic singer and songwriter all her life and now provides a metaphorical focus for her third album, If The Rains Come First. The album, which releases October 13 on ObliqSound, is a stunning collection of self-penned story-based songs, a meditation on opening ourselves up to life's blessings and challenges much in the way that we accept the rain and all that it brings....
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Somi really took me by surprise. Here’s an African woman with the sultry sensuous voice of a great soul singer, and she’s true to her roots too. As if that weren’t enough, she gets great arrangements and musicians. She’s really a great new voice! --TOM SCHNABEL, CAFÉ LA, KCRW FM
Imagine the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves. Such is Somi. --JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE
...one of the most distinctive voices of New York’s progressive Soul Movement. --VILLAGE VOICE
East African singer Somi’s voice is full-bodied and sure. --TIME OUT NEW YORK
...this enchanting vocalist proves that we must drop the term “world music” once and for all and stop lumping African cultures and music together...