Nadir Omowale Brings the Funk and the Fun to Behind the Mic

November 22, 2019
Nadir Omowale

Nadir Omowale and his band bring the funk and the fun wherever they go.

That much was clear when they performed in the MusicTown Detroit studios earlier this month on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi.

Originally from east Tennessee, Omowale moved to Detroit in 1999 and has been making music in the area since around 2001.

Omowale's sound spans from funk to rock to soul and beyond, and his taste in music is just as eclectic, having been influenced by everyone from Parliament Funkadelic to Rush.

Thankfully, as Omowale tells host Pam Rossi, the genre of 'funk' allows him to pull from all different sounds without restriction.

"Because funk is really an amalgamation of many different styles, it's really easy, from growing up with a funk background, to gravitate into other things," he explained. "So I was into Herbie Hancock, and my brother was a trumpet player so we were also listening to Earth, Wind & Fire. And growing up in Tennessee, country music was everywhere, so that Nashville songwriting style is really ingrained in the songs that I write as well."

When Omowale isn't making his own music, he's producing for other Detroit musicians such as Steffanie Christian, and works with the Michigan State Fair to coach the next wave of up-and-coming artists through their Michigan State Fair Superstar program.

You can catch Nadir Omowale performing with his funk trio on December 13 at Vinotecca in Birmingham.

Watch his entire performance on Behind the Mic below, and visit for other info on this dynamic Detroit artist!