African Now Fest: Somi and Friends: The Re-imagination of Mariam Makeba featuring Dianne Reeves, Thandiswa Mazwai, Msaki @DianneReeves1 @thandiswamazwai @Msaki_ZA 3/19 #akilaworks

African Now Fest: Somi and Friends: The Re-imagination of Mariam Makeba

Critically acclaimed for her “African grooves, supple jazz singing and compassionate social consciousness … both serious and seductive” by The New York Times, Somi is known for her wide-ranging vocal technique and her original blend of modern jazz with African music styles. The multi-faceted singer, songwriter, playwright, and actor of Rwandan and Ugandan descent has built a career of transatlantic storytelling to give voice to issues of social justice, trans-nationalism, womanhood, and global constructions of Blackness.

At the AFRICA NOW! Festival, Somi will be joined by world renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, award-winning South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai, and South African composer and singer Msaki.

Having received rave reviews from her recent new musical Dreaming Zenzile, the GRAMMY-nominated international music sensation continues her celebration of Makeba at the Apollo performing music from her new album Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba. She is joined by a roster of special guests in this festive celebration of the late South African singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba and her invaluable musical contributions and messages of social justice.

Leadership support for Somi and Friends: The Re-imagination of Mariam Makeba is provided by the HBO Fund for Theater. Additional support is provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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