Basic Background Info

Birth: February 12, 1959
Location: New York City, New York
Band: Weather Report
Genres: Jazz, Fusion, Pop, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Although Omar Hakim first performed with his father's band The Nomads when he was ten years old, Omar broke onto the music scene performing with vibist Mike Mainieri in the 1980 video "The Jazz Life." After that performance, Carly Simon invited Omar to perform with her. Omar later performed with jazz threshold group Weather Report. In a change of pace, Omar joined Sting's Blue Turtles in Bring on the Night. For one year, Omar played in the house band for late-night television program Sunday Night and then in its successor Night Music.

When drum machines changed the lives of drummers in the 1980s, Omar did not balk; instead he bought a drum machine and mastered it. Since then, Omar Hakim has evolved his playing as technology requires. "You've gotta stay on top of these technological changes. It's very important if you're a professional musician." Omar's ability to incorporte live music and a drum machine made him a valuable asseet and landed him a gig with Madonna. In the 1990s, Omar performed with female superstars Mariah Carey, Celien Dion, and Jewel.

Now, Omar Hakim supplements his acoustic drums with V drums. "I never consider the V drums a replacement for acoustic drums, they are something I add to my 'tool kit.'" His continued utilization of technology aided him recording his solo album The Groovemsith in 2000.

Omar Hakim was always careful to perform for audiences as a well-rounded musician who was a master of many genres. "I was conscious of the fact that I didn't want people to know me as a rock drummer or a jazz drummer, but as a total musician. So I always made sure I let people know that I was about music."

Omar Hakim's advice to young drummers is a lesson of his own life. "Practice as much as you can, listen to many different styles of music because that will help you keep your mind open. Also visualize and focus on your goals in the music industry, then do something everyday toward that goal."

Omar has also played with Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Anita Baker, Ropy Ayers, Lee Ritenour, George Benson, John Scofield, Najee, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Everything but the Girl, Dire Straits, and many others. Among countless incredible performances, Omar's favorites are with Weather Report at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1983 and Sting at Radio City Music Hall in 1985.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1975 Best of David Sanborn David Sanborn
1976 Best of George Benson: The Instrumentals George Benson
1976 Love Songs David Sanborn
1978 Back to the Midwest Night Arlyn Gale
1979 Collection Lee Ritenour
1979 Love Approach Tom Browne
1981 Africa, Center of the World Roy Ayers
1981 As We Speak David Sanborn
1981 Clean Sweep Bobby Broom
1982 Record Weather Report
1983 Domino Theory Weather Report
1983 G Force Kenny G
1983 Leader Fonzi Thornton
1983 Let's Dance David Bowie
1983 Mobo, Vols. 1 & 2 Kazumi Watanabe
1983 Sorrow Is Not Forever...But Love Is Urszula Dudziak
1984 Best of Stanley Jordan Stanley Jordan
1984 Playboy Jazz Festival Various Artists
1984 Sportin' Life Weather Report
1984 Tonight David Bowie
1985 Best of the Blue Note Years Michel Petrucciani
1985 Boys and Girls Bryan Ferry
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
1985 Dream of the Blue Turtles Sting
1985 Magic Touch Stanley Jordan
1985 This Is This! Weather Report
1986 Bring on the Night Sting
1986 Heartbeat Don Johnson
1986 Live! for Life (AMC Cancer Research Benefit Album) Various Artists
1986 Najee's Theme Najee
1986 Premonition Peter Frampton
1986 Still Warm John Scofield
1986 Tutu Miles Davis
1987 Don't Disturb This Groove The System
1987 Hai Hai Roger Hodgson
1987 I Never Said Goodbye Sammy Hagar
1987 Larry Carlton Collection, Vol. 2 Larry Carlton
1987 Music from Siesta Miles Davis
1987 Primitive Cool Mick Jagger
1987 Special EFX Collection Special EFX
1988 C.K. Chaka Khan
1988 Festival Lee Ritenour
1988 Giving You the Best That I Got Anita Baker
1988 Groovin' The Missing Links
1988 Ivory Coast Bob James
1988 Julia Fordham Julia Fordham
1988 KBLX - The Quiet Storm Various Artists
1988 Kiss My Axe Al di Meola
1988 Money for Nothing Dire Straits
1988 WNUA 95.5: Smooth Sounds, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1988 WQCD: Cool Sounds of CD 101.9, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1989 Amandla Miles Davis
1989 Away from Home David Broza
1989 Bottom's Up Victor Bailey
1989 City Streets Carole King
1989 GRP: On the Cutting Edge Various Artists
1989 KBLX - A Celebration of Music Various Artists
1989 Late Nite Neal Schon
1989 Migration Dave Grusin
1989 Raw Alyson Williams
1989 Rhythm Deep Omar Hakim
1989 Spellbound Joe Sample
1990 Ashes to Ashes Joe Sample
1990 Changesbowie David Bowie
1990 Deliverance Jonathan Butler
1990 Fires of Eden Judy Collins
1990 Inside Out Philip Bailey
1990 Just Like Magic Special EFX
1990 Language of Life Everything But the Girl
1990 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
1990 Now You See It...Now You Don't Michael Brecker
1990 Paint Another Picture Darlene Love
1990 Rituals Michael Colina
1990 Slo Sco: The Best of Ballads John Scofield
1990 So & So: Mukai Meets Gilberto Astrud Gilberto with S. Mukai
1990 Tokyo Blue Najee
1991 Curves Ahead The Rippingtons With Russ Freeman
1991 Dream Fulfilled Will Downing
1991 GRP Digital Sampler: On the Cutting Edge Various Artists
1991 In My Wildest Dreams Tom Grant
1991 Peace of the World Special EFX
1992 Ese Soy Yo Emmanuel
1992 ExposÈ ExposÈ
1992 GRP 10th Anniversary Collection Various Artists
1992 Just an Illusion Najee
1992 Look Ahead Gerald Veasley
1992 Malcolm X Original Soundtrack
1992 Matters of the Heart Tracy Chapman
1992 Time for Love Freddie Jackson
1992 Tongues and Tails Sophie B. Hawkins
1992 Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1992 Womanchild Bemshi
1993 Harbor Lights Bruce Hornsby
1993 Love Remembers George Benson
1993 Love's the Place to Be Will Downing
1993 Martha Wash Martha Wash
1993 Me-2-U Me-2-U
1993 Never Lose Your Heart Noel Pointer
1993 Program David Morales & The Bad Yard Club
1993 Sun Don't Lie Marcus Miller
1993 Time and Chance Color Me Badd
1993 Truest Heart Nelson Rangell
1993 View from Here Tom Grant
1994 Brownstones and Moonlight Various Artists
1994 Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich Various Artists
1994 Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters: Verve at 50 Various Artists
1994 Drop Squad Original Soundtrack
1994 Larry & Lee Lee Ritenour & Larry Carlton
1994 Liquid Fire: The Best of John Scofield John Scofield
1994 Merry Christmas Mariah Carey
1995 Bumpin' Voyage Toshinobu Kubota
1995 Dance of Fire Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
1995 Evolution: The Polydor Anthology Roy Ayers
1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson
1995 Playtime Michael Zentner
1995 Relish Joan Osborne
1995 Sunshine, Moonlight Toshi Kubuta
1995 Tongues Gabrielle Roth & the Mirrors
1995 Urban Knights Urban Knights
1996 Alfonzo Blackwell Alfonso Blackwell
1996 Billy Mann Billy Mann
1996 Feeling Minnesota Original Soundtrack
1996 For Old Times Sake: The Freddie Jackson Story Freddie Jackson
1996 Louder Than Words Lionel Richie
1996 Soulful Strut Grover Washington, Jr.
1997 Batman & Robin Original Soundtrack
1997 Blood on the Dance Floor: History in the Mix Michael Jackson
1997 Free (Yes I'm Free) Nancey Jackson
1997 Old Devil Moon Carmen Lundy
1997 Unimaginable Life Kenny Loggins
1998 Best of Joe Sample Joe Sample
1998 Contemporary Jazz Collection Various Artists
1998 Foolish Games Jewel
1998 Moving in the Right Direction The Modulations
1998 Priceless Jazz Dave Grusin
1998 Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits Dire Straits
1998 Tracks Bruce Springsteen
1999 18 Tracks Bruce Springsteen
1999 Changes David Bowie
1999 Down So Long Jewel
1999 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion
1999 Live at the Budokan Chic
1999 Low Blow Victor Bailey
1999 Scenes from My Life Richard Bona
2000 Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert Deluxe Set Various Artists
2000 Celebrating the Music of Weather Report Jason Miles/Various Artists
2000 Collector's Series, Vol. 1 Celine Dion
2000 Eye Contact Jay Beckenstein
2000 Groovesmith Omar Hakim
2000 Love Songs Najee
2000 Lunar Eclypse Gil Evans
2000 New Spirit in Jazz, Vol. 4 Various Artists
2000 Smooth Jazz: The Originals, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2000 Tutu/Amandla/Doo-Bop Miles Davis
2001 Dellali Cheb Mami
2001 Home Movies: The Best of Everything but the Girl Everything but the Girl
2001 Music Box/Emotions/Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
2001 Rosario Luis Salinas
2001 Simply Sound: Best Tracks 1993-2000 Soul Bossa Trio
2001 Telarc Sampler Various Artists
2001 That's Right Victor Bailey
2002 Best of Anita Baker Anita Baker
2002 Best Smooth Jazz Ever Various Artists
2002 Beyond Words Bobby McFerrin
2002 Essential Kenny Loggins Kenny Loggins
2002 In Japan Chic
2002 Live and Unreleased Weather Report
2002 New York Groove Christoph Spendel
2002 Sweet Love: The Very Best of Anita Baker Anita Baker
2002 This Is Me... Then Jennifer Lopez
2002 Very Best of Dave Grusin Dave Grusin
2003 Best of Sophie B. Hawkins Sophie B. Hawkins
2003 Diamond Dave David Lee Roth
2003 Embrace Najee
2003 Freak and More Treats Chic
2003 Gold Coast Rhian Benson
2003 Meta-Funk'n Physical Mother's Finest
2003 Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love Michael Franks
2003 Reel Me Jennifer Lopez
2003 Sound + Vision David Bowie
2003 Up Your Mind Ellis Hooks
2003 Very Best of Lee Ritenour Lee Ritenour
2004 Best Disco in Town: Live 2003 Various Artists
2004 Common Ground Barry Danielian
2004 Dana Owens Album Queen Latifah
2004 Love's Gonna Get You Clifford Adams
2004 Trios Grover Washington, Jr.
2004 Uncomplicated Ellis Hooks
2005 Bring on the Night Sting
2005 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
2005 Hand of God Ellis Hooks
2005 I on U Neal Schon
2005 Love Pages Cafe Soul All-Stars
2005 Merry Christmas Mariah Carey
2005 My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years Roy Ayers
2005 Mysterious Voyages: A Tribute to Weather Report Various Artists
2005 Timeless Don Friedman VIP Trio
2005 Trilateral Commission Jimi Tunnell
2005 Very Best of Larry Carlton Larry Carlton
2005 Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 Roy Ayers
2005 World of Brazil Lee Ritenour
2006 Forecast: Tomorrow Weather Report
2006 I Feel Your Spirit Clifford Adams/Kool & the Gang
2006 Introducing Joe Sample Joe Sample
2006 Night in Amsterdam: Live at the Paradisco July 17, 2005 Chic
2006 Things Will Be Better: The Best of David Broza David Broza
2007 Hymns for Peace: Live at Montreux 2004 Santana
2007 Master of All Trades Marcus Miller
2007 Overjoyed: Smooth Jazz Plays Stevie Wonder Various Artists
2007 Very Best of Mick Jagger Mick Jagger
2007 Very Best of the Warner Bros. Sessions 1985-1991 Miles Davis
2007 We All Love Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone
2008 Dream of the Electric Guitars, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2008 Timeless Kenny Lattimore
2008 Koncert Richard Muller
2008 King of Pop Michael Jackson
2009 Live at Budokan Chic
2009 Let's Talk About Love/ A New Day Has Come Celine Dion
2009 Chic Freak and More Treats Nile Rodgers
2009 Absent Without Love/On & On Carl Anderson
2010 Homeland Laurie Anderson
2010 Hello Tomorrow Dave Koz
2010 Classic Love Songs George Benson
2010 Boogie Boogie Man Pino Daniele
2011 The Best of 25 Years Sting
2011 1986-1991: The Warner Years Miles Davis
2012 Traveler Jerry Douglas
2012 The Dream: 1973-2011 Michael Franks
2012 Magic Touch/Standards Vol. 1/Flying Home Stanley Jordan
2012 Chinese Wall/Inside Out Philip Bailey
2013 Random Access Memories Daft Punk
2013 Genesis Special FX
2013 Fire Within Birdy


  • He produced his 2000 album, Groovesmith, using ProTools on his Apple computer.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Zildjian 
Hardware: Pearl
Heads: Remo 
Electronics: Roland 
Sticks: Vic Firth

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