Oumar Thiam

Oumar Thiam

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Outstanding native English singer from Sierra Leone now based in Paris whose voice has the flavour of Motown icons, Oumar Thiam is part of this new trend of an acoustic folk Nu Soul music style primarely based on authenticity and emotion. An ideal mix between Al Green, Tracy Chapman and Ben Harper.

Biography

Outstanding native English singer from Sierra Leone now based in Paris whose voice has the flavour of Motown icons, Oumar Thiam is part of this new trend of an acoustic folk Nu Soul music style primarely based on authenticity and emotion.

Whenever he's performing solo with his guitar or along with his band, he sounds like an ideal mix between Al Green and Tracy Chapman, Otis Redding and Richie Havens, making soul, R'n'B and folk music meet just like Ben Harper or Keziah Jones did.

But what makes this artist even more unique is a rare capacity to touch people, to put across strong feelings with candid simplicity.

After a first signature on a major recording cie, numerous performances in France (Olympia, French festivals such as Printemps de Bourges, major Parisian venues) and opening shows for international artists (Youssou N'Dour, Asa, Daby Touré, etc.), the first album of Oumar Thiam - currently produced by Jean Lamoot (Salif Keita, Nneka, Bashung, Pauline Croze, etc.) and Jean-Louis Solans, is expected to be released early 2010.

Discography

First album in process to be licenced for a release date early 2010.

Set List

More than 20 songs written and composed by Oumar Thiam. Sets can range from 30 minutes in solo for opening shows to fully fledged performances of 90 minutes and over.