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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 Throwaway
2 The Old Story
3 Pointless
4 And Yet
5 Exit Wound
6 What The Heck
7 Ballad Of The Star Crossed
8 I Knew Your Father
9 Suru Lere
10 Tender Heart
11 Conceive
12 So They Say
13 Pas Familie
14 You Can't Depend
I Knew Your Father - Teaser
classicfm97.3/Nocturnal Classics with Lawrence
Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio
Writing The Album
Tender Heart - Point Less
The Old Story
Ola Onabule interview with WPPM: Philadelphia - MAGZ FM
Ballad of the Star Crossed
Siena Jazz Interview with Francesco Martinelli
The Neumann KMS Stage Microphones
'Spain' with the SWR Big Band - Mittelrhein Musik Festival
Interview with David Llewelyn
Writing The Album
Influences
The Power Of Song
Album Trailer

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabule has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabule's meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.

Point Less, is a follow up to Onabule's last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an activist's call - at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabule is rueful yet optimistic.