Somi Kakoma was born and raised in the USA but her family history is rooted in Uganda and Rwanda. She describes her music as “holistic New African Jazz”.
The reason for is is that she’s inspired by music from around the continent and played with legends like the South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
For her recent album “Lagos Music Salon” she seemed to gain a lot of inspiration from the Nigerian city, where she recorded the LP.
Her love for this bustling metropolis and especially the slang Lagosians (popularly known as Pidgin) can be heard in the track “Ginger Me Slowly”.
She says: “I was inspired by the Lagos slang expression ‘to ginger someone’ meaning to spice someone up and make them feel good.” Here’s her new, black&white video for the song.