Friday, November 21, 2014

New From Somi!

SOMI Debuts Music Video for "Brown Round Things," 
From Critically Acclaimed Album The Lagos Music Salon
Video Filmed on Location in Lagos' Red Light District

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Somi - "Brown Round Things" - Official Music Video
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Listen to The Lagos Music Salon Review
on NPR's "All Things Considered"

"...Somi's songs gracefully fuse African-tinged grooves, 
supple jazz singing and compassionate social consciousness; 
they're both serious and seductive." - The New York Times
"Somi's stunning new album, 'The Lagos Music Salon'...feels like 
meeting a third cousin for the first time -- a family member, distant, yet 
familiar in ways that are obvious upon closer inspection. Those wise enough to purchase her new album would do well to locate the repeat button in advance.

About "Brown Round Things"
"The song was inspired by my reflection on the humanity of Africa's sex workers. Like most cities in the world, I would see these women on the streets in Lagos at night and wonder how they got there. What was their story? Where was their family? In some Western societies, sex workers have organized unions and can demand rights; In the African context, that sort of liberalism is so removed from our cultural imagination that is difficult to consider that a woman might in fact choose that life for herself regardless of circumstance. I decided to play the role of prostitute in this video as an attempt to reconcile the prejudice we often harbor (myself included) towards these women and in hopes of starting a more public conversation in African society to help women and girls make safer life choices."  
- Somi                   

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SOMI · The Lagos Music Salon
OKeh Records ·  Release Date: August 5, 2014