Meet jazz artist Onome Ovwori (pronounced Owori) aka Mr O; who was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. His love for music started at the age of seven when his Dad presented him with a keyboard as a Christmas gift – a musical instrument he has now fully mastered. He is also skillful at a number of musical instruments such as the drums and bass guitar.
A BSc Graduate in Mass Communication from Delta State University, he has been privileged to work with renowned Nigerian artistes like Daddy Showkey, Anne Inyang, Tunde Balogun, Sammy Okposo, Tunde and Wumi Obe (TWO), Kunle Ayo, Mike Aremu, and Pastor Kunle Ajayi. Some of Mr O’s collaborations also include a recording with The Apostles in Lagos titled “Art of the Apostles”. He also played with Nathaniel Bassey on the New Jazz Stew Project album called “Revelation”.
In addition he has been privileged to work with American artistes like Rose Harper of Shekinah Glory Ministries and Daniel Winans, Deitrick Haddon, Lenny LeBlanc and played alongside Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Helen Baylor, and Lionel Peterson. Mr O has also worked with budding artistes as a songwriter and producer along with Tim Shider for their upcoming projects.
Although he has worked on numerous musical projects, his preferred genre is a mix of jazz, world beat, gospel, hip-hop and R&B, which he coins “Contemporary Afro Jazz”. This unique blend of musical flavors comes alive in Mr O’s 2009 debut album, “TIME”. He recently performed at the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) Turning Point studios and is currently signed to Kussu Productions (United Entertainment Media Limited) record label based in Europe.
Mr O’s work is reflective of his admiration for Ramsey Lewis, Lagbaja, Hugh Masekela, Wayman Tisdale and Joe Sample. Mr O currently resides in the United States and he is happily married with three children.
Onome is currently putting finishing touches to his soon to be released EP titled ‘Mon Jade‘ (Possibly September, 2010!). ‘Mon Jade‘ will include tracks like Mon Jade, Naija Man, Iyawo Mi(remix), Believe & Ogoziri Ma Gozi.
In the meantime, peep his new single called ‘Naija Man‘ which features RealEyez and Grace Faturoti.
‘Naija Man‘ which is a fusion of Jazz and Afro Hiphop, talks about the country Nigeria, her strength, challenges and possible solutions. The video has already been shot on locaction in New Jersey and it was directed by Katung Aduwak (winner Big Brother Nigeria 2006). The video will be released in some couple of weeks.
“The inspiration behind Naija Man stemed from all the negative press that the western media accords to Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. If you are an African in diaspora, you get bombarded with all the bad stuff happening in the motherland. So Mr O decided to write this song admitting that like any home, family, country, continent we have issues but we are determined to come together and make it work for us and our future generation“.
Mr O - Naija Man.mp3 (6.2 MiB, 1,154 hits)
U can also watch his earlier video titled “Iyawo Mi” which was directed by Kele Akaniro and Katung Aduwak. The video concept is basically that we ought to celebrate the women in our lives (mothers, daughters, sisters and especially our wives)