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The singles, "Shoots Her Husband" and "Come Around For Winter", have been featured on Pittsburgh's 105.9 The X.

"Shoots Her Husband" voted the number one track by listeners of the Pittsburgh Net Radio webcast for three consecutive weeks. "Come Around For The Winter" has peaked at #5 in listener stats.

Debut EP is currently being recorded for a Summer release. EP will be distributed nationally as well as appear on Internet distribution sites such as ITunes Music Store.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Omolara was assembled in July 2003. Michael Mancini, founding member and bass player of Manifold Splendor, one of Pittsburgh's most acclaimed bands, and Tom Emmerling, former drummer of Bitter Delores, one of Pittsburgh's most successful bands from the 90's alternative rock scene (as well as various other bands in the Pittsburgh and UK indie rock scenes), hatched the idea for a live music project that combined elements of trip-hop, drum and bass, pop and electronic music.

Gathering other musicians with the same ideals, Mancini (bass) and Emmerling (keyboards/programming) set out to integrate computer technology with traditional instruments. Joining them in the quest were musicians James Hart (guitars), Douglas Staas (keyboards/programming), Emily Borne (vocals, also a Manifold Spendlor vet) and Brian Cunningham (drums). All band members contribute to the writing process, making for an interesting and always changing musical interpretation of the band's mission.

Omolara started performing their music live in October 2003 and quickly drew accolades and curiosity from Pittsburgh's local music glitterati. The wide range of influences that informs the band's music acts as somewhat of a Rorschach test for listeners, drawing comparisons to such acts as Thievery Corporation, Stereolab, Morcheeba, Radiohead and even Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Omolara is currently briefing keyboardist Paul Zyla, who replaced Tom Emmerling in later June 2004. Zyla joined the band when Emmerling departed for North Carolina. Zyla's classical training and expert knowledge of electronics should only add to the already colorful Omolara canvas.