Center for Art,
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February 18, 2023

An Afternoon with Somi

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We are thrilled to welcome Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, playwright and actor, Somi to CARA to celebrate the life and work of the revolutionary singer Miriam Makeba. This intimate gathering of storytelling and songs will feature Somi’s interpretations of some of Makeba’s best known recordings also heard in the album Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana, 2022). Somi will share her reflections on the musical contributions and messages of social justice made by the “first lady of African song,” that inspired the original play Dreaming Zenzile—written and performed by Somi. She will be joined by close collaborators Toru Dodo on piano, Otis Brown III on drums, and Myron Walden on horns. 

Somi is an artist of Rwandan and Ugandan descent based in the US. She has released seven albums to date and earned placings on leading international World Music and Jazz charts. Last year, she was nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album — making Somi the first African woman ever to be recognized in any of the Jazz categories.

This program—produced in dialogue with Neo Muyanga’s tribute to Makeba, House of MAKEdba (currently on view at CARA)—will begin at 4pm, and accompanies the second to last day of ongoing-rehearsal performances of Muyanga’s Hymn to the Strange.

Image of Somi: D. Obasi

February 18, 2023

Reservations are required for this event. We expect this event to reach capacity.

If you have reserved a ticket and are no longer able to attend, please let us know by e-mailing

Indoor masking is encouraged during this anticipated at-capacity program. We ask that visitors stay home if feeling sick, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Testing is recommended before joining us at CARA if feeling symptomatic. Masks will be available for free for anyone who needs one.

The closest wheelchair accessible subway is 14th St/8th Avenue station. The entry to CARA is ADA-compliant and our bookstore and galleries are barrier free throughout with all gender, wheelchair accessible restrooms. CARA shall accommodate guest wheelchair needs if requested in advance via