Omar’s socially charged lyrics may have gone over the head of many in Brooklyn on Saturday, but the evidence of his deep roots and storied history in Senegalese music certainly did not escape the thin but keen crowd. It would have been nice to see more people in attendance for an international star, but the upside to that was a relaxed and, for an outdoor venue, relatively intimate show. His performance was filled more with the aura of past greatness and a sense of veteran competency than fresh energy or exciting musical directions. It was certainly a treat, though, to see a performer of Omar’s caliber on such a hot and (for me, at least) lazy Brooklyn afternoon, so I will not complain if he did not quite match the vibrant sounds that followed.
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