29
Jul

Had a blast playing at Rockwood Music Hall with my sister Leila and my amazing band! We couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend our birthday. Thanks to everyone who came and to Dondre Green for taking these great photos! Special thanks for some of the beautiful gifts and cards we got from fans and friends alike. Totally didn’t see that coming - feeling so blessed. :)

Love,

O

27
Jul
Cupcakes for our birthday show tonight! @leilahegazy and I have been frosting all morning. See you at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) at 8PM! :)

Cupcakes for our birthday show tonight! @leilahegazy and I have been frosting all morning. See you at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) at 8PM! :)

19
Jul
Day one of recording the new album! #happyfaces #newmusic (at The Motel Room Studios)

Day one of recording the new album! #happyfaces #newmusic (at The Motel Room Studios)

14
Jul

Summer Music Update

Summer is here and there are some really exciting things coming up for my music that I’m thrilled to share with you!

1) Though I did not win the Masterpeace music competition (which would have allowed me to perform in Turkey this Fall), I was selected by the judges as a wild card pick and an honorable mention! Thanks to those who voted - the website was pretty tricky and I’m so grateful to the people who took the time to figure it out. 

2) I’m going back into the studio this month to record my next release! After several months of writing and composing, I have about 5-6 new songs that I feel are cohesive as an EP. Hoping to have a single and some video content ready soon, as well as a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for studio costs and touring! Stay tuned for more updates on that. :)

3) I have two free shows in NYC coming up (including one for my birthday)

4) East Coast tour dates are still being confirmed - but based on fan interaction, my first shows outside of the NYC area should be in Boston and Washington DC. I will also be in the Detroit area in September as a speaker/performer at The Hero Roundtable (similar to TEDtalks). If you do not live in the areas that I mentioned, I’d love to hear from you! I am booking venues and universities all around the country, and I’d love to perform in your town/city, post a successful Kickstarter campaign (knocks on wood).

I’m an indie musician, which means I am able to do what I do because of wonderful people like you. Any suggestions you may have, whether they are for venues, music blogs, and/or contacts/resources I should know about are so appreciated! Emails just saying hello are cool too (omniamusic@yahoo.com). :) 

Much love,

Omnia 

11
Jul
All I really want to do for my birthday is play some music! My twin sister Leila (whose birthday is obviously the same day as mine), felt the same way. So we decided to do a joint show at one of the coolest venues in NYC and make it a party! 
Rockwood Music Hall, free, and you must be 21+ to get in (bring ID).
There will be great songs and cupcakes. RSVP on Facebook here: <3

All I really want to do for my birthday is play some music! My twin sister Leila (whose birthday is obviously the same day as mine), felt the same way. So we decided to do a joint show at one of the coolest venues in NYC and make it a party! 

Rockwood Music Hall, free, and you must be 21+ to get in (bring ID).

There will be great songs and cupcakes. RSVP on Facebook here: <3

27
Jun
leilahegazy:

IT’S TOMORROW! Thanks to you guys I’ll be repping Staten Island in the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs at the Greenespace! 
You helped me win SI - now help me win for NYC!
Watch the show online and VOTE between 7-9PM tomorrow (June 27th) at thegreenespace.org.
You can also text “SI2” to 69866 and that will count as a vote! One per device, so gather your tech gadgets and try to vote as many times as you can!
Thanks so much for all the support guys. This is it!  

Tumblr followers, you may think it&#8217;s me in this photo, but I have a twin sister and she is also a musician!! Tonight at WNYC she will be representing our home borough of Staten Island and she needs your votes to win for the rest of NYC. Just follow the easy directions in the flier!!! Let&#8217;s do this!!

leilahegazy:

IT’S TOMORROW! Thanks to you guys I’ll be repping Staten Island in the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs at the Greenespace!

You helped me win SI - now help me win for NYC!

Watch the show online and VOTE between 7-9PM tomorrow (June 27th) at thegreenespace.org.

You can also text “SI2” to 69866 and that will count as a vote! One per device, so gather your tech gadgets and try to vote as many times as you can!

Thanks so much for all the support guys. This is it!  

Tumblr followers, you may think it’s me in this photo, but I have a twin sister and she is also a musician!! Tonight at WNYC she will be representing our home borough of Staten Island and she needs your votes to win for the rest of NYC. Just follow the easy directions in the flier!!! Let’s do this!!

20
May

I Don’t Need Your “Compliments”

I would like to walk on the street one day without being reminded of my sex by perfect strangers. 

No, I don’t take it as a compliment when you look me up and down and call me “sexy”. 

It wasn’t sweet when you called me “beautiful” either. 

You make me wish that invisibility cloaks were real. And then you make me angry for feeling as though I am the one who should disappear.

I am a female human. One with songs, and ideas, and an abnormal affinity for cookie dough ice cream. 

The classification of “female” says nothing about me. It’s just biology.

When you treat me like a female, you reduce yourself to nothing more than a male. You objectify us both. 

I only rolled my eyes at you when you commented on my appearance. But what I really wanted to do was to tell you that my presence does not warrant your evaluation.  

 Good day.

12
May
I will performing at Ella Lounge in NYC this Thursday, May 15th to support these amazing organizations!
Sauti Yetu (http://www.sautiyetu.org/): Sauti Yetu is a multi-issue community-based organization that works with African immigrant women and families both in the New York City metropolitan area and nationally.Awomi (http://www.awomi.org/): AWOMI’s goal is to empower impoverished women and youth and enhance their leadership and rights in national, regional and global initiatives to end poverty.BAOBAB (http://www.baobabwomen.org/ ): BAOBAB For Women&#8217;s Human Rights is a not for profit, non-governmental women&#8217;s human rights organization, which focuses on women&#8217;s legal rights issues under the three (3) systems of law - customary, statutory and religious laws in Nigeria.
Tickets $10 at the door, $5 in advance. http://turnstylemusicgroup.com/event/543571-valerie-reaper-keepers-new-york/
RSVP to the Facebook event and bring your friends! 
https://www.facebook.com/events/315366518616044
Much love, 
Omnia

I will performing at Ella Lounge in NYC this Thursday, May 15th to support these amazing organizations!

Sauti Yetu (http://www.sautiyetu.org/): Sauti Yetu is a multi-issue community-based organization that works with African immigrant women and families both in the New York City metropolitan area and nationally.

Awomi (http://www.awomi.org/): AWOMI’s goal is to empower impoverished women and youth and enhance their leadership and rights in national, regional and global initiatives to end poverty.

BAOBAB (http://www.baobabwomen.org/ ): BAOBAB For Women’s Human Rights is a not for profit, non-governmental women’s human rights organization, which focuses on women’s legal rights issues under the three (3) systems of law - customary, statutory and religious laws in Nigeria.

Tickets $10 at the door, $5 in advance. http://turnstylemusicgroup.com/event/543571-valerie-reaper-keepers-new-york/

RSVP to the Facebook event and bring your friends! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/315366518616044

Much love, 

Omnia

09
May

Should Muslims Apologize for Boko Haram?

A lot of my fellow Muslim have been asking “why should I apologize for Boko Haram? I didn’t even know who they were until last week.”

I understand their frustration. When a white person commits a crime, white people as a whole are not expected to apologize for it. When radicals commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam, everyday Muslims, all 1.6 billion of us are expected to apologize as if we were directly involved, merely by being born into and/or practicing the same faith. 

But what frustrates me more is that people are committing heinous acts in the name of our religion. Call it economic; call it post-colonialism; call it whatever you like. These cowards are invoking Allah’s name as they ruin people’s lives. Not only has Boko Haram kidnapped almost three hundred innocent schoolgirls, but they have murdered hundreds of innocent civilians. 

In reality, forced marriage and mistreatment of women is forbidden in Islam. According to Islamic law, a marriage contract is not valid without the consent of both parties. Murder is one of the worst sins a Muslim can commit, for "whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind." (Quran 5:33)

But if we put more energy into stopping these vicious crimes in the name of our religion and less time separating ourselves from them, perhaps we wouldn’t have to get so defensive. Our complicity is what allows this garbage to happen. We are more concerned with protecting Islam’s image than we are with protecting the sanctity of human life. #BringBackOurGirls

"O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. "

                                                                               -Quran 4:19

30
Apr

I wrote this song back in 2011 for the Arab Spring. Today is the last day to vote for it in the Masterpeace competition, which highlights artist who use their music for social change! If I win, I’ll perform in at a huge concert in Turkey this September! Here’s a link to vote!

http://www.masterpeace.org/competition/entry/change_this_place_1

The easiest way to vote is to sign up for Masterpeace using your Facebook account - email is possible too, but it’s a bit more cumbersome. Here’s a little diagram that breaks down the voting process for you!

Much love,

Omnia 

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