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OMARI BANKS | 32 Musician It would have been understandable had Omari Banks started a career in music before anything else. Hailing from a very musical family, his earliest memories are of being on stage performing with his father Bankie Banx. He took a different path, embarking on a professional cricket career, which included playing with the West Indies, Leeward Islands, as well as in England, with Somerset. He’s been in the unique position of being able to be an influence using two different platforms. Whilst with the West Indies team, he lent his time and talents to teaching Physical Education in the primary schools, teaching in whatever free time he had available between tours. Once retired, it became a full time job. He quit 2 years ago to focus on music. Omari’s experiences during those years were pivotal in shaping his entry, finally, into a musical career. “I think the lessons of sport can take you through your entire life,” he says. “I had the chance to travel and experience different cultures, so when I was ready to go into music I carried over the lessons of practice, preparation, and discipline.” Omari takes a hands-on approach to his music, from greeting patrons at his gigs individually and snapping pics, to giving behind-the-scenes looks into his process via social media. All of this is about connecting. “They are coming to see you. What better way to have that impact than to become real to the person that’s listening to your music?” Omari says. Music that he stresses has to be uplifting. “I’ve always tried to use it for positive,” he explains. “Music is something that touches lives, and I realize that I have a responsibility. My music will always try to inspire and to invoke thought.” ROLE MODELS?

My uncle Val. While my dad was off playing music, and my mom was at university, I spent a lot of time with him. I could count on him for inspiration and guidance. Next is Cardigan Connor. He got me into playing cricket. He’s been a motivator, a coach, and friend. My brother, and manager, Olaide— he’s been an example of dedication and commitment. My dad, of course. He created something meaningful out of what could have been a disappointment. Sometimes right, sometimes wrong, he’s always confident in what he does.

“MAKE SURE THAT YOUR AMBITIONS TIE IN TO THE BIGGER PICTURE OF COMMUNITY AND THAT IT CONTRIBUTES POSITIVELY TO THE WORLD.”—Omari Banks

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ADVICE FOR YOUNGER MEN?

Focus on something you love, because that’s how you get the most out of yourself. When you follow your passions, hard work is not work. I also believe everything we do in life is intertwined. Make sure that your ambitions tie in to the bigger picture—of your community, the region, your people and that it contributes positively to the world.

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Design Anguilla Issue 11 - The Men's Issue  

Issue 10 might have been our best received to date, so we simply had to follow up with the male counterpart. The needs of young men have bee...

Design Anguilla Issue 11 - The Men's Issue  

Issue 10 might have been our best received to date, so we simply had to follow up with the male counterpart. The needs of young men have bee...

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