Somi: My Mother's Daughter


My Mother's Daughter


Somi (vocals, background vocals)


Red Soil in My Eyes (World Village 468068)

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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


  • 1 himbise dan // Jan 12, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    dear sir i really sorry to use this fora. please i would like to get in tounch with somi (laura kabasomi kakooma )iam jazz student and jazz lover, please forward me her e-mail address or physicall address mine is at mymuhima