"I had a natural affinity for drums and rhythm very young. I started playing drums at about age five, when I got a toy drum as a Christmas gift from an uncle. They strapped that thing around my neck and I immediately started playing one of those marching cadence kind of beats."In 1982 Omar Hakim joined Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul in recording the critically acclaimed albums Procession, Domino Theory, This Is This, and Sporting Life with Weather Report. As a result of his work with Weather Report, Omar Hakim was a co-winner of the Modern Drummer Magazine readers poll award for Best Electric Jazz Drummer in 1985. During his three-year stint with them, Omar also managed to land the drumchair with Sting for his first solo release Dream Of The Blue Turtles. With subsequent tours and recordings with artists such as David Sanborn, Dire Straits, Marcus Miller, Mariah Carey, Miles Davis, Chic, and David Bowie, he was known as a major force in both the jazz and pop worlds. Omar Hakim explains:
"Sometimes, if people know you from rock, they think of you as a rock drummer and don't expect you to play anything else. Or, if they know you in jazz, then they typecast you as a jazz drummer. 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."In addition to being a first call session/touring drummer and clinician, Omar is a well-recognized producer/multi-instrumentalist and has recorded two solo releases under his name.