Exclusive Interview: Nadir Featured on TheDetroiter.com

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In this exclusive interview by Chariti Joi Ntuk, Nadir talks about his forthcoming album The Book of Jonah, about why Detroit is the world’s number one music city, and about why organizing artists is like herding cats.

Nadir Omowale: Diary of a Distorted Soul

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Somewhere in Detroit sits an anonymous building on a nondescript block. Throughout any given day, a steady stream of conspicuously awesome people carrying guitars, keyboards, etc. flow in and out of this seemingly forgettable building on a seemingly forgotten block of a city whose demise some people seem to think is a foregone conclusion.

If music is indeed the soundtrack to life, then Detroit and more specifically, this building, is very much alive thanks to its long list of strong-winded musicians who blow life into it daily. One of the musicians you can find in this building, and who is most responsible for the city’s current musical pulse is none other than 11-time Detroit Music Award winner, Nadir Omowale.

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The Making of “Go It Alone” the Music Video

Nadir and director Drew Parfitt talk about the treatment and technology behind the making of the “Go It Alone” music video.  Media mogul in training, Chariti Joi Ntuk, directed and edited this peek behind the scenes.

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New Blaxploitation: Nadir Records Strings for His Upcoming Album

Nadir’s upcoming album, The Book of Jonah is in the home stretch. In early January, Nadir recorded a string section in the Metroplex Room at Submerge for the track “A Hustler (In Spite of Myself)” as one of the final pieces of the puzzle.

An earlier version of this composition appeared in the score for the Detroit indie film Top Ten Things I Love/Hate About the Hood by CornerBoy Films, but Nadir is going straight “Superfly” on this updated version of the track.

“It’s blaxploitation chase music, so it had to have the real strings to feel right. This is the way I always heard this composition, so I’m thrilled with how it’s all coming together now,” Nadir says.

Michelle May, violinist and leader of Detroit world jazz combo Musique Noire, assembled a fine trio featuring Leah Celebi on viola, and Cecelia Sharpe on cello. John Celebi charted the string arrangement.

Special thanks to videographer Chariti Joi Ntuk, and video editor The War Time Journalist for pulling together the behind the scenes footage.

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