Nadir Omowale: ‘Detroit Can Teach The World How To Succeed As An Independent Artist’



It’s difficult to pigeonhole Detroit musician and producer Nadir Omowale into a specific genre. Jazz, funk, soul, rock and many other genres influence in his music. Out of that eclectic mix, Nadir has successfully crafted full-time career in the industry.

You’re originally from Elizabethton, Tennessee, went to Nashville for college and moved to Detroit in 1999. How has it been different living and working in the Detroit scene?

I was in Nashville playing my original music, which is funk-rock-soul based. Unfortunately at that particular time, it was really difficult to gain any traction in Nashville with that kind of music. I happened to meet a young lady who worked at the Nashville Ford plant. We took a liking to each other and she became my wife, Akanke. Before we made that decision she said, “You know, at some point I’m going to have to move to Detroit,” and I said, “Well I can make music in Detroit.” Moving here actually has turned out to be fantastic for my music career. I was raised on that Detroit sound, and it really was an opportunity to come home musically. As people in Detroit heard me play, they really embraced me and my music.

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BLACK FRIDAY FUNK Friday, November 29 at Campus Martius Park in Detroit

Dance off that holiday meal and exorcise those retail demons with a Black Friday Funk affair at Campus Martius Park’s Holiday Marketplace Beer Garden.

What more could you ask for? Leftover turkey?

featuring Nadir wsg Steffanie Christi’an
Holiday Marketplace Beer Garden
Cadillac Square @ Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Showtime: 9pm
21 and up

Black Friday Funk Flyer

Urban Innovation Exchange Detroit: Nadir Omowale Profile

Nadir Omowale

Nadir Omowale’s recording studio and rehearsal space is nestled in a nondescript building on Grand Boulevard west of New Center. You wouldn’t know it from looking at it, but inside houses some of the most important techno artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Rare record pressings hang on the same wall as the original machines Detroit’s architects of techno used to create a whole new genre of music. There’s a by-appointment-only record store underground, too.

The fact that Nadir’s musical operation is based here may strike some as odd, seeing as Nadir - a songwriter, bassist, and bandleader among other things - describes his own music as a fusion of soul, funk, and rock. After all, what does electronic music and live music have in common?

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