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
"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
mbalax 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
/ Music Downloads:
of Pa Omar Jack
• Fish n chips • Aduna
• Nice to be Nice
• Moi Me • Piste
• Love 'O' Meter 2008
• Machatangal Live 2009