About a year ago a small group of us were treated to the first live musical recordings of songs from Somi’s soon to be released Lagos Music Salon at the Drom in NYC. She told us then that she had spent time in Nigeria t experimenting with West African sounds and that her new record would be a compilation of works she created while in residency in Lagos. The songs were thoughtful, soulful, and for me and many there it was a spiritual experience.
Ahead of the release of The Lagos Music Salon Somi has just released the video for the record’s first single. Last Song she told us during her live show at the Drom was recorded in the aftermath of the Dana Airlines Flight 992 crash that had killed 153 passengers and 10 more victims on the ground. The flight had been traveling from Abuja to Lagos on June 12 2012. Somi was in Nigeria at the time and she said she was incredibly overwhelmed by the loss and the grief in Lagos.
The Lagos Music Salon will be released on May 26 2014.
If you buy just one album this year, this must be it.