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From cricket pitch to stage – Omari A. Banks entertains @ Fantasy

-Known as popular cricketer on the West Indies Team now on Caribbean Acoustic tour
From the Cricket field to the stage Omari A. Banks featuring on Regional tour and was in the Virgin Islands last night July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Banks is being accompanied by his buddy Corey Stoot out of Texas USA. Photo: VINO
Banks is being accompanied by his buddy Corey Stoot out of Texas USA. Photo: VINO
The ‘Omari Banks Acoustic Tour’ stop in the VI was his third destination. He put on a smooth performance at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom. Photo: VINO
The ‘Omari Banks Acoustic Tour’ stop in the VI was his third destination. He put on a smooth performance at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom. Photo: VINO
He said that his coming to the VI also has a lot to do with him showing his love to Virgin Islander Mr Dave Douglas (left) who has been credited for playing a major role in marking his father Banky Banks in the music industry. Photo: VINO
He said that his coming to the VI also has a lot to do with him showing his love to Virgin Islander Mr Dave Douglas (left) who has been credited for playing a major role in marking his father Banky Banks in the music industry. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Omari A. Banks at The Fantasea, Duff's Bottom, Tortola on July 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
DUFF’S BOTTOM, VI – Tall, slender, looking very athletic Omari A. Banks has moved on from being popular on the cricket pitch playing for the world class West Indies team to slinging a guitar on his shoulder as he carries on the family trait as singer/musician.

When he took the small stage before a decent group of persons who knew of his coming to the Virgin Islands, he spoke about introducing his new career line to the world and at this stage, touring the Caribbean. But when his fingertips touched the strings of his acoustic guitar and he opened his mouth to sing it was nothing short of magical.

“It’s just me trying to connect and not just me but me with my acoustic guitar, without the band, next time I’ll bring the band,” Banks said.

Banks is the son of the well known Bankie Banks.

“No, No, No, wow he’s got a golden voice, the man has got talent, wow I didn’t expect that much but you have to give it to him, the guy’s game is on this is good music,” said one patron who was at Fantasy, Duffs Bottom last night July 2, 2014.

Banks is being accompanied by his buddy Corey Stoot out of Texas, USA as together they take on the ‘Omari Banks Acoustic Tour’ and his stopping in the VI was the third destination. A son of Anguilla he first went on to St. Martin then Antigua then here in the VI. Tomorrow he takes his music to St. Kitts then on July 6 he’ll be in Nevis at the Sunshine Beach Bar.

Virgin Islands News Online was afforded an exclusive interview with Banks who expressed his passion for the art of music an art form which he said he grew up in the centre of as his father is well known in the industry.

Coming to the VI he said was, for him, to strengthen the Anguilla/VI already close relationship while at the same time bringing his unique style of music to these shores. “I’ve been known well as a cricketer but I have been doing my music for the past four years. I’ve been around music my entire life, it is well documented that I have been very close to music even though I played international cricket,” Banks told this news site.

He said that his coming to the VI also has a lot to do with him showing his love to Virgin Islander Mr Dave Douglas who has been credited for playing a major role in his father Bankie Banks making it in the music industry, “So that connection spans long wide and far where it’s important that we come here and make that contact with him as well. Life is like a cycle and it has come full circle back around,” said Banks.

His music has a reggae base that is no doubt unique having listened to him perform live last night. “My biggest influence is spanned far and wide. I have been influenced by jazz, rock, R&B, Rhythm and Blues, but it’s really reggae based music,” he told this news site.

For the greater part his has recorded most of his music in Jamaica and today he has on the streets, in stores and the World Wide Web his new music video titled ‘Run around’. “I’ve worked with some of the best in the industry but when I get into the studio I try to create something that is original and it’s always original because it starts with me and my acoustic guitar hence why I am here in Tortola to share with the crowd how I create my music in its most raw form – the acoustic guitar,” he said.

The question was popped asking if he should be requested to perform on stage during the 60th jubilee Emancipation Festival of the VI, he responded, “Definitely I’ll be more than happy to, I’ll be delighted to, I get back to Anguilla on the 7th I’ll be ready to return here on the 8th ”.

11 Responses to “From cricket pitch to stage – Omari A. Banks entertains @ Fantasy”

  • chad (03/07/2014, 08:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Move on" is my favorite.
  • big girls rules (03/07/2014, 08:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    He hot
  • Mr T (03/07/2014, 09:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dave you brought in another legend. Big up to the third world man
  • creolecarib (03/07/2014, 10:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a huge, huge fan of Omari Banks. Omari brings us a one-of-a-kind silvery voice that is soothing and captivating...'ear candy' for sure, and a personality that is warm, charismatic, and alluring. "Move On" has always been a favorite, but when the ThirdWorldMan first played "Run Around" on ZROD I knew had a new favorite song. The video is relateable, realistic, and in very good taste. The acoustic side of his music is an added treat...it touches an inner depth. What the fans lost with cricket, we have certainly gained tenfold with his music. GREAT LYRICS!!
  • creolecarib (03/07/2014, 10:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Big up to Omari, and a huge big up to the 'ThirdWorldMan' Dave Douglas...Well done!!
  • one love (03/07/2014, 11:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go Omari! Much love
    Anguillaaaaaaaaaaaa Bop! Bop!
  • AXABeachBum (03/07/2014, 12:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Omari is fabulous. I'm a huge fan and follow him as often as I can.
  • apple pie (03/07/2014, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good piece VINO you are just teh best!
  • Nice (04/07/2014, 00:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I caught his interview on zrod the other day. I was surely impressed. Good stuff
  • fantasea (05/07/2014, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    only @ fantaseas. big things going on there, thanks to new young blood
  • Rookie (10/07/2014, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really cool young man ..... love his music.... Big up Banks!


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