Somi‘s third album, If The Rains Come First, 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 is set for release on October 27th on Obliqsound. “The songs on this album reflect where I am emotionally and spiritually today,” Somi says. “At the end of the day, I still know who I am and where home is before, during, and after the rain – it’s in the music.”
Optimism, conviction and resilience are hallmarks of Somi’s new creations. “Prayer To the Saint of the Brokenhearted,” reflects on the sense of helplessness and hopelessness one often feels after heartache, while serving as a reminder of the possibilities of faith and renewal. “Enganjyani,” which means ‘most beloved’ in Rutooro, refers to, “the memory of whispered prayer and being haunted by a past lover.” The track features the legendary Hugh Masekela, a longtime Somi fan who has become a mentor, guesting on trumpet. “Rising,” a song about faith and navigating life’s challenges, is all 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.”
Digital exclusive of the album to be released October 13.
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