Omar 22nd September 2012
Omar has been one of the major voices on the international soul scene for over two decades. With six albums to his name — and over half a million record sales along the way, his massive and much-loved hit There’s Nothing Like This (as seen in this clip) announced the arrival of a major new talent when it smashed its way through the UK Singles Chart back in 1991. Encapsulating what was to become the new sub-genre of soul, his fresh sound combined Latin, funk, reggae, soul, jazz and orchestral arrangements and established him as a major player on the Neo Soul scene.
Always pushing the boundaries of soul music, over the years he’s worked with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Kele Le Roc, Angie Stone and Common. His recent album Sing (If You Want It) is considered to be a modern soul classic. In 2006, the Urban Music Awards presented Omar with the Best Neo Soul Act and Outstanding Achievement Awards. In 2011 he was nominated as Best UK R&B/Soul Act at the MOBOs and this year he received an MBE for his outstanding services to music.
Filmed by Band on the Wall AV Unit on 22nd September 2012