Pa Omar Jack is a Ndaga sensation who appears to counter the current
notion that ‘mbalax stars from Gambia' cannot give a good performance.
Adjust your radio's dial and wait for the mbalax play section
and you will almost certainly hear
"Fish n Chips"
on any disk jockey's hot list of tracks. It is uncommon for local
mbalax artists to gain fame and get a good amount of airplay next
to their Senegalese opposites.
His first promotional single was dedicated to the women - "Jigueni
Gambia" in 2005. As is common among up-and-coming artists
he struggled as a youth just to get a demo tape produced for him.
He soon came to the attention of Kebba Taylor, Hakeem of Sunland
Studios, and Elie Nachif of Yellowgate Studios where he produced
hits such as "fandeh" and "guestu len". After
a period of study and sampling, Pa Omar kept up the impetus eager
to achieve his ambitions and partnered Leon Prom on his performances.
That gave him much needed exposure to Gambian audiences. TV entertainment
producer Lamin Manga presented him on his premier television appearance
having much faith in him. The combination sparked off his career
and he went back to the studio, recording soundtracks for various
local commercials. From this point, Pa and his producer took the
next obvious step to produce his debut album.
The album entitled ‘niniyo' a Mandingo highlights the social stigmatism
that faces people who live with HIV. It also features the hit
single 'Fish n Chips', 'Aduna', 'Leumbal Saye', 'Nice to be Nice',
'Nuyoo' and 'Moi Me'. The album is a mixture of mainstream Dakar
and acoustic, which features the creative fingers of ace Producer
Papis Konateh, Wole Rendal, Kebba Taylor, and other musicians.
Niniyo was released in July 2007.
Pa's group is called Jeff Jell and he is related to Mass Lowe.
of Pa Omar Jack
• Fish n chips • Aduna
• Leumbal Saye
• Nice to be Nice
• Nuyoo • Moi Me • Piste
• Love 'O' Meter 2008
• Machatangal Live 2009