Meet Omega

Her style is:  World music, Jazz, Gospel- it’s generally a fusion of international sounds. Something to express the multiple influences that she has had in my life from her upbringing until now.
She currently have one jazz EP album which doesn’t have any original songs. It’s renditions of standards. She will have two other albums out by year’s end. One is a “world music album” with all original songs that I’ve written, and arranged. The other is a Praise and Worship album, with all but two songs being non-original. I wrote all these as well.
She will be coming to Uganda in February to do a couple of concerts.

Omega Up-close

MU: What does Omega stand for?
Omega: I will take a guess at that you might have been asking about the name “Omega.” Omega is not an acronym for anything. It is not as some suppose a stage name that performers typically adopt for greater visibility and good marketing.  It is my given name. Although Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet, my parents adopted it from the book of Revelations in the Bible.  It means the end, as in “Jesus Christ is the beginning and the END.”

MU: What is your philosophy on life?
Omega: Love God, Love people, Work hard, enjoy life.

MU: What is your shoe size?
Omega: In American Shoe sizes, I wear 6, 6.5 depending on the shoe style or the manufacturer.

MU: What is your craziest encounter with a fan?
Omega: Nothing that any singer would not expect.

MU: What CDS are you listening to?
Omega: Currently mostly listening to two of my own CDs as I’m working to complete the recording projects before 2007 is up. I have to keep listening to find out what I can refine, what new harmonies I should incorporate, and what other tidbits I can add.

MU: What are your favorite drinks?
Omega: I am currently on a Rooibos tea stint. Two girl friends of mine one, from Germany, the other from Switzerland, got me hooked. It’s actually a South African tea that is big in those two countries and is now becoming main stream in the United States. It’s full of antioxidants and is caffeine-free.  Right behind that are my husband’s homemade smoothies.  They are so delicious but extra full of calories, so we don’t have them that often. The other thing I have once in a while to indulge myself is a Tall Carmel Frappaccino/ Macciatto depending on the weather outside.

MU: What are your favorite perfumes?
Omega: My favorites in this category change often, but it’s currently Dolce & Gabbana

MU: Who would you like to do a collaboration with?
Omega: A collaboration with any or all of the following would be great. Samite, Hugh Masekela, , Miriam Makeba, Paul Simon, a duet with Steve Wonder wouldn’t be bad, Yolanda Adams, Lauren Hill, Fred Hammond, Herby Hancock and Jonathan Butler.

MU: What makes you laugh?
Omega: I laugh easily at just about anything that tickles my brain. (As long as it’s not something that is causing pain (emotional or otherwise) to another person or group of people.) Here’s what makes me laugh: My husband, friends, family, and some crazy decision making people, some comedies, some TV commercials, and little kids. This is by no means an exhaustive list but you get the idea.
MU: What makes you cry?
Omega: Inequity and injustice in the world, death and dying, sometimes circumstances that momentarily seem beyond my control, make me cry. I do also cry sometimes when I’m sad, and even when I’m really blown away by something great.

MU: What is your stand for the Youth?  Abstinence or Condom use and why?
Omega: Some issues such as the one above are too important for any one person to take a stand for another person.  I believe that it is important for each of us to make an informed decision for ourselves (and bear the responsibilities and consequences of that decision) based upon one’s age, knowledge about their options as well as one’s moral and religious convictions.

MU: Are you seeing someone?
Omega: Yes indeed!!! I’m seeing my husband Richard Okello. It may sound odd, but we literally believe in dating each other through life. So, he’s not only my husband, he’s also my boyfriend and a whole lot of other things.

MU: Where do you see yourself 5 yrs from now?
Omega: In five years, I would like to have:
a) Delivered a message through my music that positively impacts people’s lives.
b) Improved Uganda’s image abroad
c) Contributed significantly to increasing access to good quality healthcare, especially for those who can NOT afford to pay for it, in Uganda and other places in the world
d) Improved the delivery, perception, enjoyment and quality of music in Uganda and the world at large.
e) Shared with millions of people where this special singing gift I have came from and why it is I’m a happy person.

MU: Many musicians seldom deviate into doing movies as they take breaks between recording albums.  Do you have plans to do so?
Omega: I am open to branching out into other areas, but I am currently focusing on what I’m best gifted in, which is singing/songwriting.

MU: What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Omega: This changes from time to time, depending on my schedule for the day. Often times the first thing I do in the morning is to lie in bed and thank God for how fortunate I am to be alive (of course, this also gives me a few more minutes of enjoying doing nothing (since the rest of my day will all be filled with doing stuff…)

MU: What is your favorite color?
Omega: This varies from season to season, depending on the mood I’m in.

MU: What is your most trying moment?
Omega: My most trying moments are often in dealing with people who neither understand nor respect excellence at one’s job (whatever that job is).

MU: Where do you call home? 
Omega: I don’t have just one place that I call home. Home is where I reside with my husband, home is where I originated, home is where friends and family are, I think home is where ever loving arms are outstretched to accept and love me.

MU: What are your worst moments and your best moments?
Omega: I hate conflict and I get all stressed out when I have to deal with it.  That said, once I make up my mind to get to it, I do a good job, but it’s still one of my worst moments.

Best moments are when I connect one-on-one with people on a non-superficial level.

MU: Is there anyone who can tell your childhood story?
Omega: My mom can probably tell my childhood story best.