Born Stanley Omah Didia, to a family with deep music roots in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Omah Lay’s grandfather was a percussionist for the legendary Highlife singer Celestine Ukwu until his death in 1976. His Dad also took up drumming though didn’t reach the heights of his father but he was a local hero.
Omah Lay’s music is deeply Afro Fusion – the melody of Wizkid meets the depth of Burna Boy. Omah would always have this to say about his music making process, “I easily weave through Afro genres but the vibe would always hit me first as Highlife, I guess it’s hugely due to the my massive highlife exposure growing up in a music family like mine.” Omah Lay writes and produces most of his records so it would be accurate to say he owns his sound.
His first official single dropped on the 14th of February 2020 and has garnered almost 600,000 streams on all platforms, currently featured on Cool Fm Tastemakers’ chart and Soundcity Top 20 amongst others. Omah Lay has been tipped by Native Mag on their March episode of ‘Fresh Meat’ as an artiste to look out for in 2020.
Earlier billed to drop his debut EP ‘
’ on the 18th of April, the pandemic has caused him to push it back to May 23.