Omar Musa is a rapper, author and poet from Queanbeyan, NSW. He has previously released two solo Hip Hop records and an album with international duo MoneyKat.
He has toured internationally and shared stages with acts such as Dead Prez, Pharoahe Monch, Gil Scott-Heron, Horrorshow, Thundamentals and Daniel Merriweather.
Omar has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and received a standing ovation for his performance at TEDx at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel “Here Come the Dogs” was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Writers in 2015.
His new project “Since Ali Died” is an album of intensely personal and political songs and poems. It is based around the idea that ever since his childhood hero Muhammad Ali died, Omar Musa feels like his life fell apart: loved ones died and got locked up, he found love and lost it, he lost his sanity, he saw a tangerine fascist take hostage of the world.
Over production ranging from heavy, new wave beats to smooth R&B, “Since Ali Died” stands alongside “Reclaim Australia” by A.B. Original and “Divas And Demons” by Remi, but from a Muslim-Australian point of view. In an Australia that reduces so many identities to dangerous stereotypes, it is a timely and important album.