At the start of 2013, I made a decision to try relax, chill out and take more breaks so when I saw that one of my favourite soul artists OMAR was doing a rare live performance, I booked fast. On Saturday 30th March 2013, I headed down to BAR 216 in Herne Hill’s which is one of the newest vibrant live music venues in the area.
So who is Omar?
Omar Christopher Lye-Fook MBE (born 14 October 1968, London), known professionally as Omar, is an internationally acclaimed British soul singer, songwriter and musician. Omar grew up in Canterbury, Kent.. He learned his craft classically, playing the trumpet, piano and percussion.
Omar also spent two years at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and the Guildhall School of Music in London. His most well-known song was his debut single “There’s Nothing Like This”. It reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart on re-release in 1991. Allmusic noted that he is described by some as the ‘Father of British Neo Soul’.
The opening act was the lovely mother of 3 Chardel (BUS RECS) and Pete Mello was doing his thang on the decks.
Omar’s performance was amazing and I was singing away to ‘There’s Nothing Like This,’ ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Be Thankful’ like I was one of this backing singers LOL. After his show, I managed to fight through the crowd to get a picture with the man himself. Could my smile get any wider?