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Omar Hakim (born February 12, 1959) is an American drummer noted in jazz, jazz fusion and pop music. He was born in New York City, USA.

Hakim credits jazz vibraphonist Mike Mainieri with giving him his first break in 1980; Hakim appeared in a video with Mainieri called "The Jazz Life" and began working with singer Carly Simon through Mainieri. Hakim first came to major attention as a member of Weather Report and then Sting's Blue Turtles band, appearing in the film Bring On the Night.

In 1984 Hakim did most of the drum work on Dire Straits' album Brothers in Arms, when the original drummer Terry Williams' performance was found unsuitable for the desired sound of the album when most of the songs were already recorded. Hakim recorded the whole albums drum part in two days and then left. Williams was however back to the tour.

Between 1988 and 1989 he appeared regularly as the house band drummer in The Sunday Night Band during the first half season of the acclaimed music performance program Sunday Night on NBC late-night television. [1] After being temporarily replaced by drummer J. T. Lewis for the remainder of that season, Hakim reappeared in the band for the second season in the fall of 1989, when the program returned under the new name Night Music.[2]

Among the notable artists he has played with are Anita Baker, Sting, Weather Report, Mariah Carey, Madonna, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Chic, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Everything but the Girl, Marcus Miller, Kazumi Watanabe, Lee Ritenour and many others.{{fact|date=April 2009}

He endorses Pearl Drums.



  1. ^ Sunday Night closing credits, episodes #104 (1988), #113 (1989)
  2. ^ Night Music closing credits, episodes #201 (1988), #205 (1989)

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