Respect | Omari Banks

Irie™ Magazine | Respect - Omari Banks

Omari Banks

Born and raised on the beautiful island of Anguilla, Omari Banks found his musical calling at a young age when he first took the stage in Milan, Italy to sing alongside his father Bankie Banx. The emotions conveyed through music touched his heart and a star was born.

Founding his inspiration through an eclectic genre of music, Omari went on to perfect his craft by writing and becoming a proficient guitar player. The budding star went on to win multiple talent shows but as a teenager turned his attention to the sport of Cricket, where he excelled first locally, then regionally and ultimately on the world stage. In 2003, Omari Banks became the first Anguillan to play test cricket for the West Indies. He went to travel the world for twelve years as a professional athlete, but despite his success in sports, Omari never lost his passion for music. He became renowned for traveling with his guitar and giving impromptu performances; even as he focused on cricket. In 2010, Omari made the decision to move on and pursue his passion for music. With a lifetime of experiences and life lessons, he immersed himself in songwriting and perfecting his musicianship. He dedicated himself to his music and created his debut album, ‘Move On’ recorded in Kingston, Jamaica and Houston, Texas. The album was very well received as a mélange of his musical influences, and can be effectively described as a“contribution to a legacy his dad, Bankie Banx started in the early 70s.” Armed with his guitar Omari aims and strives to bring his words to life.

With a simple musical mission, to spread messages of love and consciousness, his assimilation of traditional Jamaican Reggae music, accentuated with Rock and Blues backbeats, is an adult contemporary fusion that blends seamlessly with Lovers Rock and R ‘n’ B. Omari released his ‘Move On Deluxe Edition’ with added new music and a compilation of music videos in this set with the hopes of reaching a bigger audience through a more global approach. The lead single ‘No Point To Prove’ featuring Peetah Morgan (Morgan Heritage fame), made serious inroads in his native Caribbean Islands and across the US, UK, and Europe. Omari supported the release with a series of electrifying live performances as he continued to spread his message all across the world.

This bold global approach is a testament to Omari’s drive and determination, despite the dawning of a musical journey that has only just begun.”

I want to take my music to an international market because I have an opinion based on knowledge and information. I want to use the gifts I’ve been blessed with to have a positive influence on people. Being someone who has already traveled the world with sports, I’m able to have a broader perspective than a lot of other people. I can communicate to all levels of thinking from a child to an adult and my music is ageless and really touches lives because the stories are true and talk about what’s really going on.”