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Omar Musa Omar Musa i(A119905 works by)
Born: Established: 1984 ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Omar Musa was born to Australian arts journalist Helen Musa and Malaysian poet Musa bin Masran. He undertook part of his education in California, USA where he was strongly influenced by hip hop music, which he has continued to combine with poetry throughout his work.

In 2007, Musa won the British Council's Realise Your Dream award. He has also performed strongly in poetry slam competitions: he was runner up in the 2008 Australian Poetry Slam, winner in 2009, and winner of the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam in 2010.

In 2009, he self-published The Clocks, a collection of poetry based on his travel experiences. He has subsequently released two additional volumes of poetry: Parang (2013) and Millefiori (2017). Parang, like The Clocks, was self-published, while Millefiori was published by Penguin Random House.

In 2014, Musa published Here Come the Dogs, the story of three young men at a loose end in suburban Australia. The novel, Musa's debut, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer, the Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, and the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction. In 2015, it saw him named as one of Australia's Best Young Novelists.

In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, he has also released three solo hip hop albums: World Goes to PiecesThe Year of the MoneyKat, and Dead Centre.

In 2017, Musa was listed as one of the script-writers for Geoffrey Wright's forthcoming television remake of Romper Stomper.

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Personal Awards

2015 recipient Asialink Literature Residency Program for residency in Malaysia
2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Emerging Writers Poetry
2009 winner Canberra Critics Circle Awards Writing For an excellent 12 months in which he won the Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House, published a book, The Clocks, released his first album, The Massive EP, and recorded his second album.

Awards for Works

Since Ali Died 2018 single work drama

'Join rapper, poet and lyrical powerhouse Omar Musa for a triumphant evening of deeply personal stories and riotously political songs. In a thundering hour on stage, Musa mashes poems, live music and stories together to confront heartbreak, human connection and the dark realities of Australian culture. Since Ali Died is a rare opportunity to see one of Australia’s most electric and impressive storytellers up close and personal.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner Sydney Theatre Awards Best Cabaret Production
form y separately published work icon Romper Stomper ( dir. Geoffrey Wright et. al. )agent Australia : Stan , 2018 11527496 2018 series - publisher film/TV

Set twenty-five years after the original film, the series follows the new generation of far-right activists and the anti-fascist groups who oppose them.

2018 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Single Drama or Mini Series
y separately published work icon Millefiori Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 12241594 2017 selected work poetry

'A collection of love poems and fierce raps, Millefiori is Omar Musa's third book of poetry. Both dream-like and gritty, it also includes gorgeous illustrations and draft poems from Musa's notebook. Heartbreak, cocaine, colonial violence, memory and cave paintings: this is a world full of unbearable beauty and brutality.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
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