Somi: My Mother's Daughter
My Mother's Daughter
Somi (vocals, background vocals)
Red Soil in My Eyes (World Village 468068)
Somi (vocals, background vocals),
Cole Williams (background vocals), Chandra Rule (background vocals), Rhian Ayanna (background vocals), Adrienne Nyamsi (background vocals), Herve Sambe (guitar), Vashon Johnson (bass), Toru Dodo (piano), Daniel Moreno (percussion), Thierry Arpino (drums).
Composed by Somi and Herve Sambe.
Recorded: No information given; CD released in 2007
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
The barriers between genres are collapsing, and this exceptional recording could easily be classified as world music or pop. But the rich harmonic palette and engaging compositional twists and turns will interest jazz fans. Somi was born - as Laura Audrey Kabasomi Akiki Kakoma - in Illinois and raised mostly in the United States, but the spirit of her Rwandan heritage dominates her musical vision. Somi has her own distinctive style, which is reflected as much in her compositions as in her vocal efforts. You will need to search out this CD - when I last checked, it was only available on import - but it is worth the effort.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia