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“My Heart Was Set Free By the Funk…”

On Friday, October 8, after attending an inspiring tribute to Michigan photographer and painter, Jack Whitehead in Ferndale, Chinonye Nsofor – who writes about Earth healing, tantra and music on her blog Calabar Theatre, caught our set in Royal Oak, Michigan.

“I headed uptown to trendy Royal oak for some Funk Vibrations of Nadir Omowale and his band Distorted Soul. Memphis Smoke was the name of the space…”

Chinonye offered some very kind words about us in a post called “Creativity breeds Transcendence.”

Says Nsofor:

What I enjoyed most about this group is the synergy that so easily flowed from them. All the instruments blended together seamlessly creating the perfect funk stew! Continue reading

Battle Creek Enquirer: Forks Fest Rocks World of Sound

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They call it “The Sounds of Albion,” but reading the list of bands set to play this year’s “Festival of the Forks” is like globetrotting.

The annual fest kicks off Friday in downtown Albion and runs through Saturday. Sixteen musical acts are booked to play four stages over the two-day event. Jazz, oldies, reggae, blues, funk, soul, tejano and the sounds of the Middle East will be performed by acts from around the Albion area and around the state.

Wrapping up the Saturday set on Center Stage is Detroit’s Nadir Omowale and his Distorted Soul, a confluence of sound on his own.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010
44th Annual Festival of the Forks
Center Stage

Corner of Superior and Center St.
207 S Superior St.
Albion, Michigan
Nadir’s Showtime: 7:45pm

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A Summer Visit to Detroit

Bee Bee White has produced Sharing It With Bee Bee for over 16 years spotlighting organizations and causes that she believes deserve more attention.

On August 14 Bee Bee took her first trip to Detroit where her tour guide, entertainment consultant Gisele Caver, showed her Berry Gordy’s mansion, Hitsville and the Heidelberg Project’s Dancing on the Street Festival. Along the way she meets Judge Craig Strong, Heidelberg Project mastermind Tyree Guyton and some dude named Nadir.

Michigan Chronicle: Majorly Independent Soul Artist Nadir To Perform At Jazz Fest

Nadir Photo by Lisa Luevanos

Written by Contessa Porter

Nadir is a movement and his biggest hope is that his listeners will find their own rhythm and march beside him. Multifaceted musician Nadir says since (he) can remember, music has been an important part of (his) life.

And he has used it to inspire people to action with each lyric. To label Nadir as a neo-soul artist would be neglecting his rock roots; to call him a rock artist would be overlooking his hip-hop and jazz influences. Fully encompassing all the talents that Nadir possesses would be comparable to expanding the mathematical term Pi to its last digit.

Read the Entire Article HERE

Nadir LIVE on WDET Radio – New Soul Sundays Aug 22, 5pm-7pm

It’s all about the Power of SOUL!

Nadir and Distorted Soul kick some sweet soul music LIVE on Nick Austin’s New Soul Sunday August 22 from 5pm – 7pm EST.

The guys will play new material from Nadir’s forthcoming album and some old favorites on Detroit’s best new soul music show.

The band is: Derrick Benford (piano), Mahindi Masai (percussion), Tate McBroom (drums), Chris Spooner (bass) and Nadir (vocals & guitar)

Listen LIVE at or if you’re in The D, tune into 101.9 FM.

What a great way to cap off a soulful Sunday afternoon…

Sunday, August 22, 2010
Nadir & Distorted Soul
LIVE on Nick Austin’s New Soul Sundays

WDET Radio 101.9 FM
Detroit, Michigan
Showtime: 5pm – 7pm

AUDIO: Nadir on The People Speak Radio Oct. 15, 2008 – News From the Service Entrance Oct. 16, 2008

On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, Nadir was interviewed on The People Speak Radio with host David Swanson.  They talked about politics, Nadir’s MTV Street Team ’08 gig and the Workin’ For the Man album.

The People Speak Radio is concerned with a passion for guests from the realms of entertainment, the arts, literature, philosophy, politics, activism, healing, and environmentalism. All of the guests are united by a desire to share their experiences, work, organizations and talents with others.

During the interview Nadir answers the question, “Who are you voting for in the upcoming election and why (you may be surprised by the response)?”

Check out the 1 hour audio interview HERE:

The next day Nadir spoke to Mario and Gary on News From The Service Entrance on Chicago’s WHPK FM 88.5.  Listen to their 15 minute conversation HERE: Nadir on News From The Service Entrance

Concert Review: Nadir @ BAM Cafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music – Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 9, 2008

Review by Bob Davis,

“If the bump ain’t crunk,
if the funk ain’t pumpin’
with the thump in the trunk,
then the bump ain’t bumpin’
You just gotta Leave It Alone, Leave It Alone!”

Leave It Alone Live at WDET
Click HERE to get your FUNK on!

As a few of you know, I have been really, really busy of late. In fact I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to get out and see many shows in 2008. This may well be the only show that I see in 2008. (sike….I’ll be seeing Ryan Shaw this week in NYC).

I haven’t been able to even find the time till now, to write this review of Nadir’s show.

But here it is and let me start out by saying that if this were going to be the only live show that I saw in 2008, I would be alright with that. Nadir put on an outstanding show, but more importantly he proved to me that he has a rare quality in a modern artist, in that he is able to also overcome “adversity.”

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