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Ola Onabule

OLA ONABULE will be performing this summer in Canada at EDMONTON, 25th Anniversary of THE VANCOUVER JAZZ FESTIVAL and VICTORIA JAZZ FESTIVAL. July 2009 saw Ola perform on the main stage of the Festival de Jazz de Montreal for their 30th anniversary festival and also Vanouver Jazz Festival last Summer.

Ola possesses a stunning voice of enormous range and emotional clout. His voice is beautifully clear and appealingly textured, almost classical. During his shows there are moments when he lets fly with a kind of yodelling ululation and a range and elasticity to match his rich tonal qualities. The influences of soul, jazz and African music come together in subtle and sophisticated melodies and time signatures.

Ola began his career on the Elektra Label (Warner) but has since released six albums with the latest recording almost complete, SEVEN SHADES DARKER which will be released on his label, Rugged Ram Records. Ola has spent much of his career concentrating on lyrics with songs that are layered with metaphor and allegory. Ola seemlessly documents the issues of the day with the universal subjects of love and loss. Ola has guested with some of America's finest soul and jazz artists including Diane Reeves, Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau, Patti Labelle, Roberta Flack, Joe Zawinul, Natalie Cole, and Roy Hargrove.

Ola’s 8th studio album, “It’s The Peace That Deafens” was recorded in a more acoustic setting with double bass, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with trumpet and saxophone. The album has been mixed by George Whitty in the US (3 x Grammy winner.

The album,is as much a work of exploration as it is a declaration.12 evocative songs about identity, reconciliation and nostalgia. Words, melodies and rhythms that walk a delicate tightrope of paradoxes, born of both a childhood and adulthood immersed in two disparate cultures, on two different continents and at two different times. Ola’s mood is as resolute and certain as it is cautious and measured, suggesting the truth of the old adage: “The more you learn, the less you know for certain. The quality of Ola’s production and recording has attracted endorsements from the illustrious Neumann Microphones of Berlin and ACS in the UK. The songwriting is reminiscent of the great Soul and Jazz artists of the 1960s and 70s, whose music was able to change perceptions and open minds.

Ola's emotionally charged live performances have taken him to some of the most prestigious festival stages, concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide which include Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Edmonton and Victoria Jazz Festival.

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WHAT THE PAPERS ARE SAYING....

"To describe Ola Onabule as a sweet-voiced singer-songwriter from Lagos would be perfectly true, but it doesn't tell the whole story...instead he has chosen to go his own way, with original material from albums such as In Emergency Brake Silence and The Devoured Man...with a voice that is beautifully clear and appealingly textured, almost classical. There are moments when he lets fly with a kind of yodelling ululation like a more radio- friendly Leon Thomas??...with a range and smoothness that recalls singers such as Luther Vandross and more recent pretenders to the soul-pop crown, such as Frank McComb and Van Hunt." John L Walters,?The Guardian, Tuesday September 4, 2007

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Point Less

Rugged Ram Records
2019

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It's The Peace That...

Dot Time Records
2016

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It's The Peace That...

Dot Time Records
2015

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Seven Shades Darker

Rugged Ram Records
2012

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The Devoured Man

Rugged Ram Records
2009

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In Emergency Brake...

Rugged Ram Records
2004

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