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Ola Onabule: Bio

A charismatic and sophisticated artist and entertainer. Ola's compelling performances possess an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity that is second to none. Audiences cherish this powerful storyteller and his capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching pursuit of truth and justice. Ola Onabulé epitomizes a move towards hearty, sustaining music, made by artisans with a commitment to quality, integrity and authenticity.

Onabulé has forged an international career via his relentless program of recordings and concerts. Appearances at many of the most respected international jazz festivals that include main stages of Montreal, Vancouver, Istanbul, London, Edmonton, Umbria as well as concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide ensuring that Onabulé's reputation continues to be cemented with audiences globally.

Onabulé's songs about love, loss and the human condition have been performed all over the world with his quartet/quintet as well as appearances with much larger ensembles of big bands and symphonic orchestras. These include several projects with the Grammy winning WDR Big Band of Cologne, the SWR Big Band of Stuttgart, the HR Big Band of Frankfurt, Danish Radio Big Band, Copenhagen and Babelsberg Film Orchestra. Performances further afield with Big Band Jazz Y Mexico in Mexico City and Orquestra Symphonica of San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

Ola states; "Hands-on, self-sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game. I always felt like the creative parts of song writing, producing and recording were merely different stages of a single process".  This ethos has led to endorsements with some of the world's leading specialists, including a rare endorsement from legendary microphone company Neumann of Berlin and ACS Custom (UK), Reference Laboratory (Italy) and Hazelrigg industries (US).  Technical support of this kind has given Ola new possibilities in the production and recording of his latest album PointLess.

1 Dark Matter
2 The Girl That She Was
3 Jankoriko
4 Love Again
5 Patience Endures
6 Herbs for Your Heartache
7 It's the Peace That Deafens
8 The Voodoo
9 Invincible
10 In Your Shoes
11 Orunmila
12 In The End
Official Music Video
ALBUM PROMO
Love Again
Jankoriko
ORUNMILA
Dark Matter
Invincible - Neumann Digital
The SWR Big Band - Jankoriko
Siena Jazz Interview with Francesco Martinelli
The Neumann KMS Stage Microphones
'Spain' with the SWR Big Band - Mittelrhein Musik Festival
Interview with David Llewelyn

Ola Onabulé's album; "It's The Peace That Deafens" marks a departure from his previous two releases featuring a largely acoustic set, uniting Jazz, Soul and world influences. The Album contains 12 evocative songs about identity, reconciliation and nostalgia. Words, melodies and rhythms that walk a delicate tightrope of paradoxes, born of a childhood and adulthood immersed in two disparate cultures, on two different continents and at two different times.  "It's The Peace That Deafens" is as much a work of exploration as it is a declaration.  

Ola states; "Hands-on, self-sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game. I always felt like the creative parts of song writing, producing and recording were merely different stages of a single process".