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Afro Omega is a local reggae band fronted by the supersexy Elisa James.
The group has been together for more than an eight years. Its original lead singer was male, but within a year James had worked her way up to lead vocals. Besides having a female soul, the talented quartet which also includes Hunter Rose, James Shook and Bronte James redefines the sounds of traditional reggae by adding electronica to its music.
In preparation for "Girl Power Reggae Night" at Bar Deluxe, we asked Elisa James a few questions about the band.
What makes Afro Omega different?
People can't believe we're from Utah. And that we're a female-fronted reggae band from Utah. We definitely have a different sound than your traditional island reggae and we try to paint a picture of our environment through our music, too. Living in this high, dry desert makes for some interesting and unique music.
Describe the music.
Afro Omega is a blend of reggae, roots, dub music with an urban mystic vibe and hypnotic female vocals. I was exposed to all kinds of music at a very young age and try to incorporate all my influences in my music, which makes for a unique sound. I'm always trying new ideas and trying to keep the music evolving as I grow as a woman and a human being. My songs come directly from my soul.
How did you pick the band name?
Our keyboardist and founder Bronte James and I were thinking of names for a band back when it was just forming. Bronte, who had a huge Afro at the time, inspired me to name the band Afro Omega. Not sure where the Omega came in, but it sounded cool.
How did you become lead vocalist?
I wrote and recorded the song "It's on the People" and realized that writing and recording was something I really wanted to keep doing. It just grew into what it is today.
Where has the band performed?
We have toured the Pacific Northwest and California several times. We were invited to a music showcase in New York in 2007 and had the opportunity to do some underground shows while we were out there. One of the most exciting was the opportunity to sing over a reggae track produced by Sly and Robbie. I was contacted by the late great Mikey Dread for collaboration and got the opportunity to perform with dub legend Mad Professor.
Does Afro Omega have any albums?
We have two albums available on iTunes: "Pick Up the Pieces," released in 2006, and "Love Emergency," released in 2008. We're currently working on recording a third album with some fresh new tracks. The first album has an edgy, rock-reggae style. The second has more of a lover's rock feel to it. This new album will be a bit more upbeat with rhythm-driven hits.
Describe a live show.
It's a sexy mix of heavy bass, upbeat rhythms and hypnotic synth sounds with a futuristic roots vibe.
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