Ola Onabulé (Great Britain)
Ola Onabulé surely epitomizes a move towards hearty, sustaining music, made by artisans with a commitment to quality, integrity and real flavor.
On Stage: 4
Travel party: 5
Ola Onabulé, a charismatic and sophisticated British-Nigerian singer/songwriter who possesses emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity, is gearing up for his U.S. debut with performances in Washington DC, New York, NY, and Alpharetta, GA. Those who already know Onabulé's work truly appreciate this powerful performer, his poignant storytelling and capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching lyrical pursuit of truth and justice. The upcoming performances support his current recording project, It's the Peace That Deafens, a work that is as much about exploration as it is a declaration of the universal themes of what it is to be human in the 21st century. The recording features 12 evocative songs about identity, reconciliation, and nostalgia. Words, melodies, and rhythms walk a delicate tightrope of paradoxes, born of a childhood and adulthood immersed in two disparate cultures, on two different continents, during two different periods of time. "Hands-on self sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game," states Onabulé. "I always felt like the creative parts of song writing, producing, and recording were merely different stages of a single process." Onabulé's songs about love, loss, and the human condition have been performed all over the world with his quartet/quintet as well as with the Grammy® Award-winning WDR Big Band, the SWR Big Band and other symphonic orchestras. It's the Peace That Deafens features a largely acoustic set uniting jazz, soul, and world influences and marks a departure from the singer/songwriter's previous two albums. Onabulé has forged an international career via his relentless program of recordings and concerts. He has appeared at many of the most respected international jazz festivals including Montreal, Vancouver, Istanbul, London, Edmonton, Umbria, as well as concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide. Now, with his introduction to the US, Onabulé's reputation will continue its global expansion.
1995 More Soul Than Sense - Rugged Ram
1997 From Meaning, Beyond Definition - Award Records
1999 Precious Libations for Silent Gods - Rugged Ram
2001 Ambitions For Deeper Breadth - Proper Records / Rugged Ram
2004 In Emergency, Brake Silence - Rugged Ram
2007 The Devoured Man - Proper Records / Rugged Ram
2011 Seven Shades Darker - Proper / Rugged Ram
It's The Peace That Deafens - ALBUM PROMO 2015