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

 

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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.
HEATED TENT – FREE ADMISSION – BEER – FUNK

What more could you ask for? Leftover turkey?

BLACK FRIDAY FUNK
featuring Nadir wsg Steffanie Christi’an
SEASON OF WINTER MAGIC
Holiday Marketplace Beer Garden
Cadillac Square @ Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Showtime: 9pm
21 and up
#BlackFridayFunk

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LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCE: Nadir Live on WDET for Ann Delisi’s Essential Music, June 2013

In early June, Nadir and the band converged on the legendary Studio A at WDET radio in Detroit for a live recording and interview on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music. The band fired off smoking versions of “Daddy’s Cane” (from Nadir’s award-winning debut Distorted Soul 2.0) and “Go It Alone” (from 2012′s critically acclaimed disc The Book of Jonah). Click the player below to hear, share or download the performance and interview.

Players:
Nadir – vocals, guitar, interviewee
Tasha Lord – vocals
Steve Caldwell – guitar, vocals
Christopher Spooner – bass, vocals
Jeff Rebrovich – keyboards
Raphael Merriweathers, Jr. – percussion, vocals
Jason Bonaquist – drums

Ann Delisi – host
Alex Trajano – engineer
Nicole Fritz – 2nd engineer, editor

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