Live Performance by OMAR @ BAR 216

Charmaine Simpson and Omar

Charmaine Simpson and Omar

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?


About blackhistorystudies

Black History Studies is a social enterprise company which operates in the interest of the community by offering courses and events in Adult Education. We aim to empower the African and Caribbean community and enable them to develop self knowledge and identity through Black History and Culture. Black History Studies aim to provide a wide range of courses and activities which will provide people with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Black History and Black Studies. We also aim to provide high quality courses and activities that can be accessed by all within the community. Our mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves thereby creating a self-sustaining learning circle. Black History Studies is dedicated to providing you with a high quality and professional service and can offer services such as: - Bespoke services for Secondary Schools - Black History and Black Studies Presentations - Black History Course for Families - 5 week short courses on Black History - Beginners and Advanced Black Studies Courses - Weekend courses on Black History and Black Studies - Museum Tours - Film Screenings - Black History Studies Presentations for hire
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