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“To label Nadir as a neo-soul artist would be neglecting his rock roots; to call him a rock artist would be overlooking his hip-hop and jazz influences. Fully encompassing all the talents that Nadir possesses would be comparable to expanding the mathematical term Pi to its last digit.” – The Michigan Chronicle, Detroit, Michigan

Throw your boxes away.

The music that flows from the mind and soul of Nadir Omowale simply defies genre classification. R&B, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz are spun into such a heady mix through his recordings and performances, that the listener no longer has any interest in limits or labels.

A world traveler at an early age as a military son, raised in Tennessee and immersed in gospel and Nashville songwriting traditions, now steeped in the rich Motown, Rock, Hip-Hop and Electronic legacy of his Motor City home — Nadir’s musical influences are myriad and deep.

“Some of my earliest memories revolve around my family’s old console stereo,” says Nadir,  “My dad’s Curtis Mayfield and Al Green records, mom’s Aretha Franklin and James Cleveland, my brother’s P-Funk, Kiss and Van Halen albums — all fired my imagination long before I knew my ABC’s or could write my name.”

This heritage is evident in every note on The Book of Jonah, Nadir’s chronicle of 2012, and his third full-length album. The first single “Go It Alone”, released on 7-inch vinyl, is a covert soul mission that tiptoes through the blues, but infiltrates jazz and rock before it’s over. On the flipside “Love Thang” is a joyful, stomping, funk rock mash-up with gospel overtones and a smattering of DC go-go rhythms.

And that’s just the beginning of the party. With each page of The Book of Jonah, the award-winning songwriter fashions a lyrical narrative of love and loss, of fear and fearlessness, painted on a tapestry that weaves progressive soul with indie rock, twenty-first century blues, and new Detroit funk.

A patriotic citizen of planet earth, Nadir is always tuned into the global conversation of politics, culture and change. He developed a strong following amidst activists and tastemakers throughout the US, Europe and Canada while touring in support of his two earlier releases, Distorted Soul 2.0 (2004) and Workin’ for the Man (2008). Nadir is a fearless voice of reason and resolute advocate for positive change, who has earned tremendous respect from the broader artistic and cultural community.

Nadir’s music represents the evolution and celebration of an ancient blues credo, in that it tells stories from the heart, for the heart.  It is also a reflection of all that is funky and joyful. The soulful vocals wrap up the entire package for an unforgettable listening and live experience.  Join Nadir as he continues his journey down the road of honest and contemplative song crafting, conveying to us all just the right helping of magical, musical soul food at exactly the right time. But leave your boxes at home. You won’t need them.


"Its STONE COLD FUNK, it makes you DANCE, it ROCKS your world, its got GREAT LYRICS, it's got POWERHOUSE SOUL SINGING, it's got GREAT MUSCIANSHIP, it makes you THINK about the world and it makes you SMILE."


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Nadir Omowale
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“To label Nadir as a neo-soul artist would be neglecting his rock roots; to call him a rock artist would be overlooking his hip-hop and jazz influences. Fully encompassing all the talents that Nadir possesses would be comparable to expanding the mathematical term Pi to its last digit.” - The Michigan Chronicle

"The show ended to a thunderous applause and I have little doubt that if there had been voting machines placed in the BAM Café (Brooklyn, New York), that Nadir could have been elected President, right on the spot!!" - Bob Davis,

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Funk Assassin - Musician, singer/songwriter, music producer, recording engineer, multimedia journalist, cultural activist.

That's right. I'll help you record and produce your music too. Visit for more info...
Favorite bands:
Prince, Fishbone, The Roots, The Police, Living Colour, Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, A Tribe Called Quest, Sly and the Family Stone, Vikter Duplaix, Bad Brains, Funkadelic, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, N*E*R*D
Favorite movies:
Zeitgeist, Afro-Punk, Raising Arizona, Afro Samurai, Roots, Malcolm X, The Matrix, The Empire Strikes Back, Superfly
Favorite books:
Faith & the Good Thing by Charles R. Johnson, Starting to love just about everything by Octavia Butler
Favorite Magazines:
Wax Poetics, Tape Op
Favorite TV shows:
NBA, NFL, Weeds, The Daily Show, Dexter
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Question For Bands: Genre?
Funk. Some say funk/rock. Some say soul/rock. Some say funk and soul. Trust me. It's all about the FUNK.
Band Question - Band Members:
Nadir Omowale - vocals & guitar; Chris Spooner - bass & vocals; Steffanie Christi'an - vocals; Steve Caldwell - guitar & vocals; Jason Bonaquist - drums; Jeff Rebrovich - keys; Ray 7 - Electronic Percussion
Band Question - Sounds like:
James Brown + Gil Scott-Heron + Public Enemy + Funkadelic + The Roots + Prince + D'Angelo + Anthony Hamilton + Nadir
Band Question - Musical Influences:
Malcolm X, Prince, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale and The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Miles Davis, Nat Turner, Jimi Hendrix, The Bible, Gil Scott-Heron, Public Enemy, Assata Shakur, Cameo, Andre Crouch, Kings X, Muhammad Ali, Alice Walker, Stanley Clarke, Sting & The Police, The I-Ching, Che Guevara, Parliament/Funkadelic, Patrice Lumumba, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, The Celestine Prophecy, Bob Marley, Langston Hughes, Fela Kuti, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Brown, Marcus Garvey, Luther Vandross, Rev. James Cleveland, Kwame Ture, Robert F. Williams, The Kybalion, John Coltrane, The Matrix (There is no spoon), Marvin Gaye, Bruce Lee, Rush, Franz Fanon, The Isley Brothers, Ntozake Shange, The Roots, Howard Zinn, A Tribe Called Quest, Ray Charles, Spike Lee, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Bill Withers, Charles R. Johnson, Al Green, Maya Angelou, D'Angelo, The Quran
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At 8:18pm on January 17, 2010, Ariana Sometimes said…
dude, i keep running into u! lol. thanx 4 joining my group
At 2:11am on January 6, 2010, PURPLE PILL BABIES said…
Keep rockin!
Hahaaa. Look at this Craazy skater photoshoot w/ epic skaters fr 3 different cities at Dont Forget to Drop Comments =D

Dont Forget to Shop too!
At 1:22pm on December 18, 2009, Mark Clemons said…
I remember listening 2 U on Myspace/Black Rock Coalition,Luv ur shit bro!it would be cool if U throw some trax on ur page.PEACE!!!!

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Nadir - 95 Miles Down The Road (feat. Mayaeni)

Music video for Nadir and Mayaeni's single, "95 Miles Down The Road" from the album "The Book of Jonah". Visit for more info. Buy the ...
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"Sweet video, JJanice! I miss you and the brothers and sisters at Kalmunity. I hope to visit you soon."
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Nadir - Go it Alone

"Thanks for the love, Family!"
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Nadir - Go it Alone

Music video for Nadir's single, "Go It Alone" from the album "The Book of Jonah". Directed by Drew Parfitt Produced by J. Nadir Omowale and Drew Parfitt Cast...
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