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)
Omaira se define como canta-autora, compositora, música, cantante, y productora. Sus temas provocan auto-conocimiento, auto-estima,libertad, amor universal, é introducen a las audiencias en su mundo cautivador y único. (English)
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)
La pura vida me inspira: el amor, la luz, la oscuridad, lo duro que es vivir, lo bonito que es la vida, la risa, el llanto, la gente buena, la gente malvada, el planeta, el mar, los ríos, las plantas, bueno todito el cuerpo y espíritu del universo infinito. (English)
Where are you from?
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.