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Somi - Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (2022) [Vocal Jazz, Neo Soul]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Somi - Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (2022) [Vocal Jazz, Neo Soul]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 13 Apr 2022, 15:34

Artist: Somi
Album: Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Neo Soul
Label: Salon Africana
Released: 2022
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. Umhome (6:16)
  2. House of the Rising Sun (3:46)
  3. Milele (feat. Seun Kuti & Thandiswa Mazwai) (3:25)
  4. Hapo Zamani (4:36)
  5. Love Tastes Like Strawberries (feat. Gregory Porter) (3:38)
  6. Khuluma (feat. Msaki) (5:13)
  7. Pata Pata (4:25)
  8. A Piece of Ground (5:34)
  9. Kwedini (4:40)
  10. Lakutshon'ilanga (3:24)
  11. Olili (4:41)
  12. Mbombela (3:42)
  13. Jike'lemaweni (feat. Angelique Kidjo) (4:28)
  14. Nonqonqo (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo) (2:20)
  15. Malaika (4:17)
  16. Ring Bell, Ring Bell (3:11)
  17. Mabhongo (feat. Nduduzo Makhathini) (5:27)


South Africa’s Miriam Makeba was the first African musician to achieve international fame. Her many hits, and a 1965 Grammy award, gave her a platform to address apartheid and worldwide discrimination against Black people. Although they never met, Somi considers her a mentor and pays tribute to her on this collection. These 17 songs from Makeba’s repertoire have been transformed with more of a jazz feel and the polish of modern production values. “Pata Pata” is the most atypical example. The tune is remade as a sound collage, with samples from Makeba’s various anti-apartheid interviews spliced between with brief snippets of the melody. The rest are more straightforward. “Unhomme,” the a capella track from Makeba’s debut, becomes a slow ballad. “A Piece Of Ground” was originally a folky protest song; Somi gives it a swinging, jazz-funk groove. Collaborators include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Gregory Porter and Angelique Kidjo.

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