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If the Rains Come First

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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 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.

If the Rains Come First builds upon elements that first surfaced on Somi's two previous recordings: the electric soul-jazz of 2003's Eternal Motive (SanaaHouse) and the acoustic, culture-merging elegance of 2007's multilingual Red Soil in My Eyes (World Village/Harmonia Mundi). But her further evolution becomes immediately apparent as If the Rains Come First unfolds. Singing in English and three East African languages, Somi's vocal delivery is subtle yet the power she exerts is enormous.

From the album's opening track, "Hot Blue," Somi's delicate yet pliant vocalizing is matched by the band's flair for establishing a potent groove against a sweet melody line. It is forward motion, a flawless juxtaposition of sizzling rhythm, instantly memorable melody and a vocal style that JazzTimes magazine describes as "the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves," All Music Guide calls "hauntingly reverent, intense and utterly captivating," and Vogue simply calls "superb." With an all-star African rhythm section featuring Madou Koné, Herve Samb and Michael Olatuja and a special guest appearance by legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela on the album, Somi burrows deep into her words and something transcendent emerges.

As her career has taken off, Somi's talents have been called upon for collaborations and live performances with such greats as John Legend, Cassandra Wilson, Mos Def and Paul Simon. Most recently, internationally renowned Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel featured her vocals on his latest album Within My Walls (Cumbancha), on the track "Maisha," which Somi also co-wrote. In addition to her own works, Somi also aims to bring other important cultural gems to light, and has founded a non-profit arts organization, New Africa Live, committed to producing multidisciplinary events that celebrate contemporary African artists.

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"An urban jazz chanteuse, with a light dexterous voice and a lyrical command of English and several East African languages" -- Boston Phoenix

"Somi joins the elite ranks of first-class world music jazz-influenced singers with this, her third CD." -- All Music Guide

"Somi's latest opus definitely reveals an artist whose musical concepts have grown and evolved...The compositions are all original and reflect the unique musical vision of the artist. Check out how elegantly "Hot Blue" flows along like liquid silk until it segues into a marvelous rump-shaking tama driven romp." -- First World Music

She floats and flutters like a swatch of chiffon caught in soft cross-breezes, her cream 'n' sugar, Sade-meets-Astrud Gilberto voice riding gentle waves of guitar, bass and pan-cultural percussion. -- Jazz Times

Somi's style may well span territory mapped out by Sade, Sarah Vaughan and even perhaps Steely Dan, but there's much more to it than that....Her lyrics are intimate and personal, turning on the everyday tribulations of life -- things to which we can all relate. This seeming vulnerability is her strength, and her singing exudes both with confidence. This is life closely observed, and the delight is in the details. -- Derek Rath, NPR's All Things Considered

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  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: OBLIQSOUND
  • ASIN: B002MT3CLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,756 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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