MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — The news hit the musical community in Memphis hard, the passing of 37-year-old Omar Higgins, who recently suffered a mini-stroke this month.
“He was real heavy into everybody trying to understand each other,” said brother Joseph Higgins, who plays in Chinese Connection Dub Embassy. “Everybody trying to be there for one another even in the bad times. Like even when he was sick.”
Joseph and Davie Higgins are both in Chinese Connection and took Local 24 into the band’s practice spot. Inside sits Omar’s last bass.
“We were known for making a set, then he would read the crowd and be like no we need to cut this out, put this in its place,” said David Higgins. “Because they want to hear this.”
David is also in the hardcore punk band, Negro Terror, a name that caught Omar’s ears after watching old serials.
“It was talking about the evils of rock music and how this black tropical plague is taking over white children,” explained Omar Higgins in a September interview with Local 24 News. “It mentioned how it corrupted Elvis Presley and Buddy Holley. The guy said it’s a travesty, it’s a form of negro terror.”
The musician aimed to break down stereotypes in music.
“He’s the brainchild of all that from the music, to the songs, to the history,” said David Higgins.
Omar was a musical ambassador for Le Bonheur.
“Even at church, you see a kid suffering and Omar would always be like ‘let me talk to you real quick,’” said Joseph.
His family says Omar’s legacy will live on.
“He will never be forgotten,” said David Higgins. “He will always have a place in Memphis music history and that’s for sure.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.