Since Hurricane Irma furrowed a path of destruction throughout the Caribbean, reggae, rock, blues singer-songwriter Omari Banks has been hard at work with his fellow Anguillan working on cleaning and restoring their beautiful island.
As the on-going efforts continue, Omari is headed to New York for 3 selected performances, October 18th at the Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, Blvd), 20th at Silvana ( 300 W 116th st, New York) and 21st at Common Ground ( 63 Gansevoort St, New York, NY), and to share and spread the word of “Caribbean Strong“.
Taking Heed to Bob Marley’s famous quote “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”, Omari recently wrote #CaribbeanStrong to declare to the world the strength and resilience of the individual islands, and to contribute with his given talent. One hundred percent of the single’s proceeds will go directly to APANY (www.apanydonate.org). “Omari Banks is truly an inspiration. His merging of cultural expression with a mature and profound social awareness is symbolic of the Caribbean style. It is refreshing to see his art-form used to aid and assist the people of his native land.” Leonard Richardson M.D., President BALT APANY.
“Special thank you to Our Musical Ambassador, International Artiste, former West Indies Cricketer Omari Banks on his soon to be released single “Caribbean Strong” a song written about the destruction and hope after the storms in the Caribbean. Omari will donate 100% of the proceeds on itunes to APANY.” stated Maxine Duggins of the Non-profit 501(c) (3) Organization, the Anguilla Progressive Association of New York.
“We are one people, when one suffers we all feel the pain. I dedicate this song to the people of the Caribbean who have lost so much in the past few weeks because of the impact of some the most dangerous Hurricanes passing in our region. #CaribbeanStrong” Omari Banks
The single will shortly be available on all major online digital stores.
Naturally is the new reggae music video from Omari Banks, filmed in Rome, Italy.
As fans eagerly await Omari Banks next album, the recording artist has been busy working on the latter with notables producer in Jamaica and Miami. Following up the success of “System Set” featuring Duane Stephenson, Omari is quenching their musical thirst, by releasing “Naturally”. The sensual song produced by Clive Hunt, co-produced and written by Omari himself, is the second single off his anticipated 2017 album. Speaking on “Naturally”, the balladeer explained “Everybody wants to be loved, but love is relative and everybody loves differently.. I believe the best love experienced is when it is without thought and its felt by the giver and receiver , it comes about Spontaneous, free effort.. It happens NATURALLY…”
To emphasize the essence of “Naturally”, Omari has paired up the sensuous serenade with a breathtaking film filmed in Italy over this past summer. Directed by renowned Italian film/video director Mario Parrucini, the visuals take in the beauty of the lyrics set to a romantic backdrop.
– Omari Banks – Producer and Executive Producer
– Mario Parruccini – Film/Video’s Director, Director of Photography, Screenplay, Editing and Post Production
– Marta Federici – Co-producer, backstage Photographer
– Paolo Zanotti added producer
– Enrico Luciani first assistant director and co-screenwriter
– Patrizio Trecca Line producer
– Lucrezia Farinella costumes
– Ilaria di Lauro make-up and hair stylist
– Sofia Pellegrino (big city girl)
– Cristiano Dominici first camera operator assistant
– Gerardo Falce key grip
– Fabrizio Russo gaffer
Stay Social with #OmariBanks
“At six foot five, dark and handsome, with long dreadlocks and a cool Caribbean style, you can’t help but be drawn to Omari Banks, His music is dynamic and has many influences.” – Huffington Post
“Omari Banks, who commanded the stage with a Jimi Hendrix-reminiscent presence. Rocking a multicolored “Rolling Stones” cut-off tee, a bandana, leather pants and his signature dreads, Omari showed, in the revered words of Big Freedia, “He did not come to play — He came to slay.” – BET
“… Omari Banks. With his dashing good looks, rockstar stage presence and impressive #singer #songwriter skills, the younger Banks is well poised to carry on his father’s legacy and take Anguillan reggae international.” – Forbes
“Omari Banks sounds like a cross between Bob Marley and Bob Dylan”. – NYTimes .
“He’s got a voice as calming as chamomile and #charisma that bubbles like a champagne toast. He’s not just a dynamic performer, he writes and composes most of his own songs. Between his music and his magnetic mojo, one of #Anguilla’s most beloved talents has the makings of an international superstar”. – Vibe Magazine
Fresh off a performance at Anguilla’s annual Moonsplash concert last week, Anguillan cricketer-turned-singer and songwriter Omari Banks returns with “System Set,” a new single featuring charged up political commentary and a cameo from Jamaica’s Duane Stephenson. Blending reggae riddims with an almost Santana-like rock guitar lead, Banks challenges the listener to think long and hard on their position within the “the system,” illuminating the Caribbean’s precarious place in the world economy.
“IMF, you’re either in it or dem squash you like a pumpkin,” Banks sings. “We understand that this has always been bad business. But the only thing we selling is blue water and we beaches. What a situation we are now confronting.”
“System Set,” from an upcoming LP Banks will be releasing later this year, sees Banks, known for more personal material like “Unafraid” and “More Than Friends” taking a more provocative lyrical stance. It was recorded in Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios, with musicians form Morgan Heritage and producer Andre Keys.
“As a lover of history and am enthusiast of world matters, I’ve always found it interesting to listen to people’s views on topics which have shaped the world we live in,” Banks says. “‘System Set’ is a song which encourages the listener to dig within their beliefs, present documented facts and ask questions, which I find critical to the existence of all people living in unity.”
Source – LargeUp.com
Producer: Damion Knight
Label: Big Banko Music
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