Queen Omega looks for Joy in Jamaica

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


When Queen Omega last visited Jamaica nine years ago, the Trinidadian roots singer recalls recording songs that were supposed to be for an album. That never materialised, so she considers her current visit a matter of taking care of unfinished business.

The bulk of recording sessions will be in Kingston with Thomas Broussard, a guitarist who has collaborated with Jamaican artistes such as Chronixx, and a number of reggae acts in his native France.

Broussard produced Joy, one of Queen Omega's recent songs. She told the Jamaica Observer that tracks from the upcoming sessions will be for her first album in seven years.

The sound is consistent with her previous work.

“I'm a roots artiste so the songs will definitely be conscious. I can't say right now who are some of the musicians we'll be working with but that's the beauty of music; it's magic,” she said.

Though there has been a gulf between her last album, Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve, Queen Omega says she has released a steady stream of singles and maintained a busy live schedule, mainly on the European festival circuit.

Much of the last five years, she added, has been spent with her family in Trinidad and getting her professional house in order.

“I've always been releasing music but truth is, I've never had strong management. I have that now and I'm expecting great things in 2020,” she said.

Queen Omega was born Jeneile Osborne in the San Fernando region of southern Trinidad. There, she soaked up the calypsos of masters like Lord Kitchener and the Mighty Sparrow, as well as the soca beats of Machel Montano.

She also admired American R&B stylists such as Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin, and names Marcia Griffiths and Steel Pulse among her biggest reggae influences.

Early in her career, Queen Omega was based in the United Kingdom, where three of her albums, including her 2001 self-titled début, were distributed by Jet Star Records. Servant of Jah Army, her 2008 album, was directed by Neal “Mad Professor” Fraser, one of that country's top reggae producers.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT