Somi began dreaming of Miriam Makeba at a time of challenge in her life. Just as so many artists have given inspiration, motivation and hope to those who turn to their artistry, so did Makeba inspire Somi.

Somi not only wrote and performs in the acclaimed stage production Dreaming Zenzile, she has also released the album Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makebaa recording project that finds her breathing transformative life into the music of the woman known as “Mama Africa.”

The Grammy-nominated vocalist, songwriter, playwright and performer joined us to talk more about the project.