who hails from the south figuratively speaking (this time from
the state of Tennessee) is newcomer Nadir.
Born Jonah Nadir Omowale,
Nadir (which means rare and unique) brings to the
table a unique prospective in his music.
From an early age Nadir performed
in school bands and church choirs in the small town of Elizabethton,
Tennessee. He got his start professionally doing background vocals,
playing bass, as well as being production and songwriting assistance
to several Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gospel and R&B projects. He then
became the front man for Dancing With
Ellie – a progressive rock band that attracted some
major label attention.
It wasn't long before doors
would open for him as he was asked to be the bassist for alternative
hip-hop artist Me Phi Me and
as part of the act shared the stage with the likes of Public
Enemy, Arrested Development,
Rage Against the Machine
and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (featuring
Spearhead's Michael Franti
and jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter).
Then came Jack Johnson, (the
group he co-founded with guitarist Paul
Cochrane), named in honor of the first Black heavyweight
boxing champion he found moderate success with their music being
featured in the Pamela Anderson
film 'Barb Wire'
Now with the grit between
his teeth Nadir has ventured out on his own with the solo release
'Distorted Soul'. Enriched
in both tradition and innovation, Nadir refuses to obey the laws
of standard music and has fused the genres of blues, funk, soul
and jazz to bring together an album of real quality work that
is very easy on the listening ear. His lyrics can be considered
thought probing with a massage yet as tender as the night. With
topics such as love, romance, liberation and social consciousness
on his mind, it's very clear not to mistake this as a preacher
but rather a storyteller.
The album's introduction
- 'Prelude to Revolution'
is a collage of freedom right speeches ranging from Fannie
Lou Hamer to Martin Luther
King, Jr told over steady guitar licks and a reggae
driven baseline. The following 2 tracks 'Slave'
and 'Conspiracy' is socially
conscious driven speaking in detail of the days of slavery in
this country and the conspiracy theory of what ifs respectively.
You have the feeling that this is personal (and if you're African-American,
The ballads are represented
too with 'All over you' -
a guide (if you will) to loving your partner, 'Fortune
and Fantasy' looks into the future of a relationship
bending and the highlight of the CD (for me at least) is the jazz
oriented 'Queen of Sheba'
in which a man set his sights on landing himself a nubian queen.
The album is available now
(released late last year) and can be found online at his website
as well as CD
Tower Records and CDNow
A TY-D Pick
say - no doubt.
Listen to Nadir's