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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.

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“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

“The soulful singer Ola Onabule is currently on tour to promote his new album THE DEVOURED MAN.? The cd sees the African born artist in a more political mood than usual, but audiences can still expect the compelling stage performance to which they are accustomed” - ROGER TRAPP, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, TOP 5 SHOWS - August 07

“The UK's answer to Donny Hathaway...” - THE BASEMENT, August 07

“The Devoured Man..

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Album Point Less by Ola Onabule

Point Less

Rugged Ram Records

Album It's The Peace That Deafens by Ola Onabule

It's The Peace That...

Dot Time Records

Album It's The Peace That Deafens by Ola Onabule

It's The Peace That...

Dot Time Records


Seven Shades Darker

Rugged Ram Records


The Devoured Man

Rugged Ram Records


In Emergency Brake...

Rugged Ram Records




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