Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, and so many others were lost this year and as a result, there have been many activists fighting to make a change all in the midst of a pandemic.
Somalia, an Atlanta-based R&B Soul singer, and songwriter, after receiving cancellations for most of her previously planned performances due to the pandemic and feeling frustrated about everything that was going on around her, decided to channel her energy into finding a way to promote positivity and healing amid all of the pain in 2020.
She began creating new music via her EP “Never Enough Time” and to honor activists, the Peaceful Performances for the Pandemic were created as free virtual concerts to give those who may be struggling right now a break to unwind.
“I was watching around the world as people were protesting peacefully and doing the work that needs to be done in our communities.
Just as we see the frontline workers have been showing up for us and helping to fight the virus, activists have been showing up for us to fight for our rights.
This year has been tough for so many but I wanted to let those who have been fighting know that we see them and we acknowledge their work.”
In addition to making a space for activists, she has lent her talent for philanthropic endeavors with shows to raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Day of Hope and performances at polls across Georgia to encourage voters while they stood in long lines.
Singing since the age of 10, Somalia grew up listening to a variety of artists and ultimately fell in love with the harmonious melodies of R&B music.
Inspired by greats like Brandy, Tweet, Missy Elliott, and Jill Scott, her sound blends R&B, Neosoul, Jazz, and Hip-hop to provide fresh music for R&B and live music lovers.
Though she’s an Indie artist, Somalia is making a name for herself as she has performed at over 180 shows across the world and for stars such as Kelly Price and KeKe Wyatt.
Some of her most recent performances include the Atlanta Beltline Art on the Beltline Exhibition, National Black Arts Wine Down Wednesday, and Taste of Soul Atlanta.
This summer she was one of the winners of comedian Loni Love’s Quarantine Talent Show, which garnered more than 10,000 YouTube views during her appearance.
She was also nominated for the 2020 National Black Arts Horizon Award for songwriting.
Somalia’s “Never Enough Time” EP, along with all of her other music, is available for streaming on all platforms and accessible via this link.
The video for Somalia’s single “Risk It All,” which is a part of “Never Enough Time” premiered on Friday, November 27, and can be viewed on Youtube.
“My new single “Risk It All” was written in the middle of the pandemic, when I was looking for a deeper sense of gratitude and joy.
I imagined what freedom would look and feel like for me. As a result, I created a song that’s vibey, vocally exciting, and gives a taste of where my sound is going as an artist.”
Watch Somalia’s latest video here and let us know what you think below!