Africa’s Jazz Diva Somi Nabs nominated for 2021 Grammy Best Jazz Vocal Album

By IGIHE
On 26 November 2020 at 12:00

US-based Rwandan-Ugandan jazz vocalist and songwriter Somi, born Laura Kabasomi Kakoma, has made history when she was named as one of the nominees of the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were announced during a virtual live stream earlier this week on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 and included her latest album Holy Room – Live at Alte Oper with Frankfurt Radio Big Band was nominated in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category.

Other artists in the category include Thana Alexa’s Ona, Kurt Elling’s Secrets Are the Best Stories featuring Danilo Pérez, Carmen Lundy’s Modern Ancestors, and Kenny Washington’s What’s The Hurry.

Somi’s Holy Room was recorded in an 18th-century opera house during a live concert in May 2019. The album features songs from Somi’s previous releases reimagined into brassy orchestral arrangements by award-winning conductor John Beasley. The illustrious Frankfurt Radio Big Band accompanies the honey-voiced singer with lush dexterity and freshness throughout the concert.

With this Grammy nomination, Somi becomes the first African woman to ever be nominated in any of the jazz categories and the first African artist nominated for a jazz vocal performance.

The awards are scheduled to take place on January 31st, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah.

Somi becomes the first African woman nominated in any of the jazz categories and the first African artist nominated for a jazz vocal performance.

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