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 artist.
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
^ a b c d e f g Harris, Craig. "Biography: Omar Pene". Allmusic.
Retrieved 10 June 2010.
Official site of Omar Pène and "Super Diamono" (In French)
Omar Pene Profile at Radio France I