OMAR PENE (born 1956 in
Dakar ) is a Senegalese vocalist and
composer, who was the lead singer of
Super Diamano , and is now a solo
Pene was born in the working-class neighborhood of Derkle in 1956.
Having been singing his whole life and playing in other bands, he
Super Diamano in 1975–76, with previous bandmates Cheikh
Diagne, Bassirou Diagne, and Bazlo Diagne, along with members of
Tropical Jazz De Dakar, including singer
Ismael Lo . Other members of
the band included Bob Sene , Aziz Seck , Lapa Diagne , Abdou Mbacke
and Adama Faye , a jazz keyboardist who gave the group a harder
Dakar during the 1980s,
Super Diamano were one of the few bands
who could compete with
Youssou Ndour in
Dakar , and the two singers
had a lively artistic competition, both with devoted fanbases. Fans of
Super Diamano used to congregate particularly at the Balafon
Club, near the Autonomous Port of
Dakar . Super Diamano's music was
energetic reggae and jazz influenced dance music rooted in Senegalese
mbalax rhythms, which are frenetic and syncopated. Their songs cover
socially conscious topics such as unemployment and education, and they
were described by Rough Guide: World Music as "the people's band of
Dakar's proletarian suburbs".
In the mid-1980s
Ismael Lo left to follow a solo career and was
replaced by Mamadou Marga. By 1991 most of the group’s original
members had left for other projects, and Pene continued the band with
session musicians, touring Europe and North America four years later.
To date, he has released more than thirty albums and cassettes.
* ^ A B C D E F G Harris, Craig. "Biography: Omar Pene".
Retrieved 10 June 2010.