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Rwandan Buzz: How Somi won the NAACP global award

Singer and songwriter Laura Kabasomi Kakoma alias Somi must be a happy lady right now, we can exclusively reveal. She won an award at the 49th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) NAACP Image Awards in the non-televised categories.

The US Based 38-years-old Rwandan artiste was announced during a gala dinner celebration at the Pasadena Conference Center in Los Angeles, United States.

Her Petite Afrique album won the Outstanding Jazz Album of the Year award despite tough competition with Damien Escobar’s ‘Boundless’, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s ‘Dreams and Daggers’ among others.

After bagging the award, Somi went to her Instagram page to thank every one who has contributed towards her success so far including her co-producers Keith Witty and Etienne Charles and all the musicians who played on the album before dedicating it to her parents that she says sacrificed so much to give her so much.

She is born to Rwandan and Ugandan parents.

The NAACP awards honours individuals for their outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, music, and literature. They are organised with a mission to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

This year’s awards featured a number of high-profile artistes in the US music industry, including Kendrik Lamar, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Tiffany Haddish.

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