NADIR OMOWALE – Artist & Producer
Nadir Omowale is a Detroit-based recording artist, songwriter, producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. The thirteen-time Detroit Music Award winner and former MTV corespondent has established a burgeoning career centered around his musical versatility, limitless creative energy, and fine technical knowledge. In addition to his own solo work, Omowale has engineered or produced an array of projects in a variety of genres, from EDM for Detroit techno pioneers Underground Resistance, and straight ahead jazz for spoken word legend Jessica Care Moore, to hard rock, blues, gospel, alt-country, funk and soul for a long list of independent artists. The Michigan Chronicle says, “To label Nadir as a neo-soul artist would be neglecting his rock roots; to call him a rock artist would be overlooking his hip-hop and jazz influences. Fully encompassing all the talents that Nadir possesses would be comparable to expanding the mathematical term Pi to its last digit.”
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