To rave reviews, Omari recently made his SXSW debut performance at the W&R Projects & Irie Jam “Sounds From The Caribbean Stage” alongside Assasin, Tanya Stephens, Cham, Kranium and Jovi Rockwell at the Palm Door part of the South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals in Austin, Texas.
Omari delighted the crowd with his it filled repertoire such as his newest single “Me & You” produced by the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy award nominee Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer. Speaking on his experience at the world famous festival, Omari stated “SxSw was a awesome experience, taking in all the culture ,music and the different aspects that go into the production was amazing to see first hand.. Performing on this history event was truly a pleasure , the energy in Austin was electric and i felt that while performing. I am truly happy i got to perform and represent for myself and country Anguilla, it is truly a special Event and city.”
Hard at work on his upcoming 2016 EP, Omari is also slated to perform at Moonsplash 2016 on International Night Friday, April 22nd, 2016. Omari Banks is featured alongside reggae star Iba Mahr and dancehall reggae “Bad Gyal” Ce’Cile among many others.
The longest running independent music festival in the Eastern Caribbean which has become a top showcase for vintage reggae acts and emerging talent also boasts Reggae Night on April 23rd with Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Bankie Banx, True Intentions, British Dependency and Connis, as well as Beach Party Night on Sunday the 24th with various Moonsplash Cast, Mighty Mystic, Overdrive String Band and Connis.
Moonsplash was founded by Bankie Banx and Sheriff Bob Saidenberg in 1991 as a roving music festival. The original concerts were staged on Sandy Island, Pinel Cay off St. Martin and in St. Barths. Moonsplashfound its permanent home in 1995 at The Dune Preserve at Rendezvous Bay on Anguilla.
Since that time Moonsplash has become the longest running independent music festival in the Eastern Caribbean and has become a top showcase for vintage reggae acts and emerging talent. Over the past few years, headline performers have included Buju Banton, Gramps Morgan, Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephenson, Steel Pulse, Third World, Inner Circle, Buju Banton, Gregory Isaacs, Culture, Toots & The Maytals and many others. Other surprise guests have included Jimmy Buffett, John Mayer and the Bacon Brothers.