Kareem Baaqi initially entered the music scene with The Nomads, a reggae group he founded in Detroit, Michigan, circa 1983. The Nomads' music was quite diverse incorporating elements of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae, and African music. The Nomads acquired professional experience by performing on various entertainment circuits throughout the world. The band also had the pleasure of performing at Michigan's 1st Annual African World Festival in 1983, along with headliners such as Taj Mahal, Leroy Sibbles, and King Sunny Ade.
In 1987, the Nomads played the African World Festival again opening for Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey. Later, the group performed three concerts at The Detroit Institute of Arts. These concerts were funded by several competitive grants from the Michigan Council of the Arts. The Nomads have been locally and nationally recognized for their talent
In Detroit, the Nomads were awarded, the "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" award, at the Detroit Music Awards, sponsored by The Metro Times. In 1988, the group also was honored by receiving "Best Reggae Record" award at the Detroit Music Awards.In the same year they also performed in concert at the Afro-Musiques "Hommage A' Bob Marley" in 1988 at Abidjan, Cote D' Ivoire, West Africa
In the late 1990's the Jamaican born Kareem Baaqi decided to embark on a solo career releasing his first CD in 2001 entitled "Survivors," a slickly crafted mix of Reggae and Soul featuring Jamaican heavyweights Ernest Ranglin and Earl "Chinna" Smith. P-Funk legend George Clinton also appears on the CD sharing vocal duties with Baaqi on one track, the stirring "Move On Black Man.
It was George Clinton who gave Baaqi his first professional work upon his arrival in the United States in the mid 1970's. Baaqi has also perfomed with and produced songs for major artists like Major Lance, Prezident Brown, Earl Chinna Smith, Dwight Pickney, Ernest Ranglin, Miriam Makeba, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, Inner Circle, Jah Malla, Jimmy Cliff, Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs, I Jahman Levi, Sly & Robbie, Kymani Marley, and Wyclef Jean. In addition, Kareem Baaqi has two other CDs available for public consumption: "Live at the DIA" and "Dub Culture.
Kareem Baaqi passed away in 2005 from cancer. At the time he was working on new material for an upcoming CD. Plans are currently underway for a 2010 Kareem Baaqi 2 CD compilation which promises to include all unrealesed Baaqi tracks as well as extended versions and remixes of previously released selections.