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African-Soul Singer Launches New Album and Track Featuring Rapper Common


Few contemporary albums bare as particular a narrative as The Lagos Music Salon. The new album by the superb chanteuse Somi, finds her breaking new ground with a hybrid style of music that organically integrates the essence of jazz and soul with the musical depth of her African heritage.

The Lagos Music Salon (available Tuesday, August 5th) marks Somi’s major label debut for Sony’s OKeh Records and features a range of originals that are sublimely melodic, percussively textured.  A socially informed and adventurous vocalist, Somi sings with a soulful beauty about her experiences in Lagos. While there, she kept a journal of her observations and collaborated with a community of musicians, writers and artists who helped her to envision what would become The Lagos Music Salon.

The album covers a broad swath of styles and features a number of carefully matched guest performances. These include a fast-paced groove with Afro-pop sensibilities on the Fela Kuti-inspired “Lady Revisited” with Angelique Kidjo, and a rap-inflected cinematic reflection on Africa’s pollution, “When Rivers Cry,” that features Common.

For more information on Miss Somi, please visit www.somimusic.com.

Legends of Motown Komedy Slamm and Singles Dance

Monty B. Sharpton a.k.a. Lamont Bonman

Monty B. Sharpton a.k.a. Lamont Bonman

TORRENCE, CA- Legends of Motown presents, “Komedy Slamm and Singles Dance”, August 9at 7:30 p.m. This event will be hosted by Monty B. Sharpton from TBN’s Comedy Specials. Featuring comedians from HBO’s Def Comedy Jam; tributes to musical greats like Diana Ross, Al Green, and Lionel Richie; and smooth jazz recording artists from 94.7, this will be a night to remember. Come out to the Alpine Village Center in Torrance, CA as the event will also include free parking! Seating is on first-come, first-serve basis so be early! Dinner is also available and the dance begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $25 or $35 at the door. The Singles after party dance (couples welcome) are $5 if you purchase now or $10 at door. Bring your dancing shoes and have a night filled with music and laughter! For more information visit www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events.(By Noelle Lilley)

UNCF Walks the Walk

LOS ANGELES, CA-The Los Angeles office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) will step out for students at the 32nd annual UNCF Walk for Education on Saturday, August 2 at Exposition Park (South Menlo and Coliseum) in Los Angeles. The event, which takes the theme “Building Better Futures: The Value of a UNCF Investment,” is a celebration of education that will bring together an estimated 900 community supporters to raise vitally needed funds to help students get to and through college.

Families, teachers and the community at large are invited to participate in the UNCF Walk for Education.  Participants can walk or run a 5k course. Members of the community are invited to support UNCF and its students by forming a Walk for Education team or registering as individuals. UNCF is encouraging everyone to register early.  

A $60 donation will qualify participants for a 2014 UNCF Walk for Education T-shirt and a $25 donation will qualify all students with I.D. for a 2014 UNCF Walk for Education T-shirt.Honorary Co-chair for the Los Angeles UNCF Walk for Education is Tarrance Frierson, Supplier Diversity and Development Program Manager, Southern California Edison.Event sponsors include Title Sponsors Southern California Edison, Superior Grocers, and Tesoro.  Start/Finish Sponsors include Union Bank of California, UPS, and Xerox.

UNCF Walk for Education participants will also enjoy food, music, a Kids Play Zone and more.For more information on the Los Angeles UNCF Walk for Education or for sponsorship packages, please contact UNCF at 213.639.3800, or visit UNCF.org/LAWalk.