Omar Hakim has played with a multitude of talented and diverse artists. A list of his recording and touring credits would be sorely incomplete without mentioning Weather Report, Madonna, Sting, Victor Bailey, Miles Davis, Joe Sample, David Bowie, John Scofield, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger and Anita Baker.
Since his dad purchased his first set of cymbals at the young age of six, Omar has been playing Zildjians around the globe. Omar's father Hasan, a trombonist who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, was Omar's first teacher. He was a great influence and source of inspiration to Omar for many years.
In the 1980s, Omar made his mark upon the drumming world when he played with Joe Zawinul and Weather Report. This gig helped to define Omar as one of the leading modern jazz drummers on the scene. In 1983, he played on most of David Bowie's "Let's Dance", a massive success, which brought him to the forefront as a pop recording artist. This led to his recording Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" in 1985, including the hit singles, "Money For Nothing", "So Far Away" and "Walk Of Life". During this period, Omar was invited to record Sting's first album after the break-up of the Police, "Dream of the Blue Turtles", followed by a world tour.
As a result of his work with Weather Report, Omar was a co-winner of the Modern Drummer Magazine readers poll award for Best Electric Jazz Drummer in 1985. Since working with Weather Report and Sting, Omar has remained very busy with studio projects, touring and clinic performances. In 1999/2000 he worked with Madonna on her "Ray of Light "album with producer Brian Eno, and played a number of live performances in support thereof.
In 1989, Omar released his first solo record, "Rhythm Deep", which occupied a middle ground between jazz, R&B, and pop, and gave him a chance to showcase his vocal abilities as well. The results earned Hakim a Grammy nomination. In 2000, Omar released his second solo record entitled "Groovesmith", which highlights his songwriting, arranging and singing talents as well as his drumming expertise.
Omar remains one of the more potent and creative forces on the music scene today as he always to put his masterful technique, and most importantly, his heart and soul into his playing.
"I was conscious of the fact that I didn't want people to know me as a rock drummer or a jazz drummer, but as a total musician. So I always made sure I let people know that I was about music."