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About Omaira:  

Sobre Omaira

Omaira is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer with an iconic voice, and passionate vibe. Her soulful songs of self-knowledge, self-love, and universal love pave the way to freedom and introduce her audience into her captivating and unique world. (Español)

What do you draw inspiration from to sing?

¿En quién te inspiras para cantar?



Life in general inspires me: love, light, darkness, the agony of life, the beauty of living, laughter, sadness, good people, the wicked, the ocean, the rivers, plants; in short, the whole body and spirit of the infinite universe.   (Español)

Where are you from?

I was born in New York at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

When did you start writing?

When did you start writing?

I was 12 years old when I wrote my first song. My sister laughed at me. Discouraged and heart-broken, I threw out the song and settled for playing drums at church on Sundays. At seventeen, I joined the Army. A buddy asked me “why are you here--you just don't seem like the fighting type?” I said, “no you are right I've never been an agent of violence. The truth is I am here because I didn't have the money to travel or go to college, so I joined the military in pursuit of economic freedom in exchange for serving my country on its mission to spread freedom around the world.”


It was August of 1990, and I was stationed in Istanbul, Turkey during my country's occupation of Iraq. In fact, my unit was on standby to go to war. It was then, I seriously began to ponder the meaning of freedom. Although, I could not clearly define it, I knew I had not experienced it and questioned how could I possibily set anyone else free when I myself had not experienced freedom. One thing was evident, that violence towards people who where as clueless as I was about the meaning of freedom was not going to set me free.


After completing three years of service, I was honorably discharged and came back home determined to use my energy to discover the true meaning of freedom. Over the years, I have to some extent experienced freedom and now have clear understanding of what freedom means to me: the freedom to love whoever and whatever I choose to love, live healthy, be educated, protect our environment from pollution and exploitation; the freedom to do what I love for a living and get paid a living wage equal to my male counterparts; the freedom to stand for equal rights, human rights, and animal rights; the freedom from mass incarceration, bondage, and violence; the freedom of movement, thought, and speech. And because in my own country, although we have made progress, there is so much work still to be done towards the progressive evolution of freedom, I have chosen to use my music and creativity to inspire and empower others (at home and abroad) to stand up and resist anyone or anything that threatens the evolutionary growth of our collective freedom.

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So Long My Friend

One of the hardest things I have had to experience in my life was to say So Long to one of my best friends, Spirit. He was a thirteen-year-old beagle who brought so much joy into my life.  I wrote this song as I kissed him good-bye. Thank you Spirit for sharing your life with me. To you I wrote this song right from the heart: 

When a friend is gone
leaves a void inside
an empty well
in spite of the rain
when a friend is gone
a flame in my heart
burns day and night
deep under the sky
when a friend is gone
I hope time would stop
so I can catch another glimpse never lose sight of his face
when a friend is gone. . .
(chorus:)
so long my friend
so long my friend
may we meet again
in another life
so long my friend
so long my friend
may we meet again
in another land
so long my friend
so long my friend
may we meet again
on the shores of love
when a friend is gone
all plans fall through
the way a tree is beaten down
by a passing storm
when a friend is gone
the light of a shooting star
gives birth to another friend
in a distant land
when a friend is gone. . . .
(chorus)
i’m so lost
i’m so lost
i'm so lost
without my friend

Spirit (2002-2015)

 

LIVE SHOWS

Cafe Istanbul
New Orleans, LA
November 8, 2015 at 6:00pm

 

Arts Estuary
New Orleans, LA
August 11, 2015 at 7:00pm

 

Good Karma Cafe
New Orleans, LA
August 1, 2015 at 7:00pm

 

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
New Orleans, LA
July 21, 2015 at 7:00pm

 

House of Blues New Orleans
225 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-529-2583
Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at 3:00pm

 



 

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