Shenna with Little Strike at World Cafe Live Philadelphia — Upstairs
FRI · JANUARY 18, 2019
DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM
FREE WITH RSVP
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An only child from Woodbridge, VA, Shenna always knew she was different than the other kids her age by discovering her musical talents early on and performing in showcases at the age of 7. Shenna Somsmieh, known by her stage name Shenna, is a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and model who has performed in front of thousands across the North American and Europe. Notable performances include: Toronto's Mod Club, Disney World, The Highline Ballroom, Central Park, and the D.C. Pride Festival. She has also received radio airplay and blog reviews in several countries such as Poland, Africa, Australia, and London.
In May 2014, SHENNA released her first EP, Dream In Color, holding the number-one spot on Bandcamp in the DMV market. October of 2016, her first album «Made Of Gold» was released and landed over 200,00 streams on Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist. SHENNA is apart of The Music Playground, landing major sync licensing placements, including several records from her studio album, Made of Gold that were featured on the 2017 Season of «The Bad Girls Club», Netflix Film «Miss Stevens», Teen Mom OG, and MTV's «Finding Carter Season 2». She has received notable press on MTV.com
, Examiner, MeFeater, Highs Nobiety, V Magazine, The Singers Room, Billboard, and more. She recently partnered with Reebok's flagship location in NYC as an emerging talent for their brand
Shenna's music continues to excel in all areas. Her videos currently receive rotation on AXS TV, VH1, Oxygen, and CMT, including the «Magenta» video which received more than 100,000 views on Vevo in the first month. Her last two singles, «Magenta» and «Conversation» both have surpassed the 100,000 stream mark on Spotify, alone. The latest music video for «Conversation» is available now and was premiered in Billboard. it looks to be a bright future for this rising talent with two new singles already on the way for 2019! Be sure to follow Shenna on all social channels and get ready for more!
Little Strike is the alias of Israeli Yemeni musician Tamar Dart, based in Philadelphia. With roots in folk, electronic, and world music, the project feels like a collage of eclectic beats, playful guitars, and pointed vocals, arriving somewhere between Portishead and Little Joy. The listener is encouraged to go on a nostalgic walkabout around the world with lyrics in English, Hebrew, Spanish, French & Wolof, reflecting Dart’s deep love of languages and her own personal mixed heritage.
Dart’s first known memory involves war: she was 3 and had to relocate because scud missiles were being launched at her home town. Consequently since an early age themes of civil unrest and war fused into her thoughts and art. In her latest release, beyond things, dark societal issues including addiction, the murder of Michael Brown, and drone strikes are contrasted and eased by concepts of rebirth, a universal connection, and a profound love spanning many generations — a love beyond things.