Omar & The Eastern Power are a live music band based in Korea inspired by world music, especially music of the Sahel, North African grooves and other influences like Duband Afro-Beat. The band members come from Morocco, Egypt and Korea.
Each band member has different musical and social backgrounds which
have direct influences on their music. Omar (Morocco) and Wael (Egypt) left their home countries in north Africa 10 years ago, since then they have experienced various different cultures, lifestylesand music. The band formed when they crossed paths in Korea, it was without question that their intentions were the same. Omar had a couple of songs that he wrote and Wael put rhythms to them then the ship was sailing.
Afterwards Korean Guitarist Oh Jinwoo and Bassist Tehiun joined the band, the music became more balanced and the band’s spectrum widened into a unique musical fusion. In a globalized world where people can travel and live in different societies it’s important not to put yourself in a box and play just one kind of music.
The genre of the Eastern Power is a reflection ofthe musicians’ life and their experience as migrants in a foreign country with all the happiness, sadness, hard work and love that this requires.