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Yessssssssss … it’s almost that time. You know … that time when tha Godfather of British Neo Soul is going to grace the people of Rotterdam with his presence.
Everybody who knows who I’m talking about will of course totally agree with the aforementioned. Therefore the following is basically adressed to everbody who is not in tha know…yet. Usually we do tha mixtape and the music stream kinda thing. In this case however I thought a different approach was necessary to make sure that everybody present at Rotown tomorrow will grasp what is they are exactly a witness of. For the unenlightened … a quick run through Omar’s achievements is about to follow and for the enlightened it will just be a trip down memory lane. So buckle up and here we go…
London born Omar Lye-Fook , also known as Omar, is an internationally acclaimed British soul singer, songwriter and musician. Since he grew up in a musical household (his two brothers and a sister are also musicians) it’s no suprise that he choose to become who he is today.
His first hit at the age of 22, There’s nothing like this, hit the streets in 1990 and after that …Neo Soul was officially born!! The album also named “There is Nothing Like This” was released on his fathers label, Kongo Records and entered the UK album charts unaided by promotion or advertising. Pretty impressive achievement in an age lacking twitter, facebook or for that matter even internet.
His second album ‘Music’ was released by major record label Talkin’ Loud but despite all the wonderful and very progressive soultracks at that time … it proved to be less sucessful than “There is Nothing Like This”. Less sucessful when we’re talking about record sales that is … because the second album did manage to grab the attention of a lot of R&B giants and among them none other than Stevie Wonder. Stevie got in touch and as a result Omar went over to L.A. for six weeks to write with him.
By than Omar had his choice of top class collabs and of course he choose wisely. Motown’s songwriter Lamont Dozier, keyboard wizard David Frank (From the American Synth-Funk Duo The System (band) & a player on Chaka Khan’s ‘I feel for you’), former Heatwave bass player Derrick Bramble, Marvin Gaye’s arranger Leon Ware all collaborated with Omar. Most of it around the time the album “For Pleasure“ was released via RCA in 1994. My personal favourite of that album still is and always will be … “Keep Steppin”
Still reading all of this?! … Than you’ll realize the magnitude of what is about to go down on the 18th of December in Rotown. But your not there yet because we still have atleast 3 albums to go. In ’97 “This is not a love song” was released featuring “Lullaby” a duet with Syreeta (former wife of Stevie Wonder) and a magnificent cover of “Golden Brown” by the Stranglers.
After all the previous releases it was apparant that Omar couldn’t be slowed down nor boxed and in 2000 he dropped “Best by Far” via Naive (yep another record company) featuring Erykah Badu on the track “Be Thankful” and none other than Angie Stone in the music video for the same track.
“Sing (If You Want It)” is the sixth album by Omar, released in 2006 on Omar’s own Ether label. Sing (If You Want It) was produced by Omar and his brother, Scratch Professer, and features guest appearances from long-time Omar fans Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone, as well as rapper Common and British artists Estelle and Rodney P.
Okay you probably thought you knew but of course you had no idea and if you think this was the full 411 … guess again. This is just his albums and all the info necessary to persuade you to buy a ticket to see this show. To make sure you didn’t miss any of the highlights Imma leave you with his latest Maddslinky collab on the track “Special” and I guess by now you already have your ticket so I’ll just see you there ….
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