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Omari Banks perfects his sound on new project

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell
Omari Banks

Former professional athlete, now reggae artiste, Omari Banks, recently visited Tuff Gong International, where he collaborated with notable musicians for upcoming projects. The overseas based artiste, said Jamaica has the right climate for music production, which explains why international acts have travelled here to improve the quality of their work.

Artistes such as American rapper J Cole and Canadian singer Lucas DiPasquale, chose Tuff Gong to work on their craft. Acts such as Rich Homie Quan, Trey Songz, Neyo, Safaree, among others, have worked from local studios.

Banks, who has been making a name for himself in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe, told The Gleaner, working in Jamaica was productive.

inspirational vibe

"The week in Jamaica was a really productive one. I got four records done and I'm really happy with the music we created. I was surrounded with musicians who live and breathe music. That, and the fact that Jamaica always brings out such a positive and inspirational vibe. I can't wait for fans to hear it. You can expect a step up from my last album. This one promises to be fresh, but still staying true to what I represent, which is a real and organic feel to my music," he said.

Fresh from the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, the artiste is looking forward to upcoming performances at charitable events during the festive season.

"The Jamrock Cruise was a great vibe. I thoroughly enjoyed myself on the ship. Reggae music is a lifestyle and vibe, and it was truly experienced on the ship. It was a pleasure meeting Jr Gong and the Marley Family, as well as catching up with friends of mine like Morgan Heritage. Watching Jah Cure and Third World is always a highlight," said Banks.

The artiste is set to perform at a fundraising event on Friday. The event will be held at Campus A in Anguilla patrons can expect to hear songs such as, More Than Friends and No Point to Prove, which features Peetah Morgan.