Ola Onabule is one of the finest vocalists and contemporary artists of our time. British born, Nigerian raised, Onabule writes music exempt from cliche and reminiscent of the great songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s. His music crosses boundaries uniting Jazz, Soul and World Music influences to form a unique yet highly identifiable style.
As a performer, Ola has gained worldwide critical acclaim as the consummate artist. With emotional intensity and sophisticated theatricality, he utilizes the whole stage, engaging the audience, displaying vocal virtuosity interspersed with poignant storytelling. Both industry and audiences have come to realize that no specific language is needed to connect with this amazing artist, the music says it all.
Following up on his recent UK chart success with the re-mix of Soul Town, Ola Onabule’s new album “It’s The Peace That Deafens” is his 8th studio album and marks a departure from his previous two releases featuring a largely acoustic set uniting Jazz, Soul and World Music influences. The Album contains 12 evocative songs about identity, reconciliation and nostalgia. Words, melodies and rhythms 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 stated recently that “It’s The Peace That Deafens” is as much a work of exploration as it is a declaration.
Ola’s emotionally charged live performances have been seen on the most prestigious festival stages, concert halls and jazz clubs world wide including the main stage of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Edmonton and Victoria Jazz Festival. Ola has performed in the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Russia, Mexico, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Romania.
The breadth of Ola’s music has led to featured appearances with Europe’s finest Big Bands and Orchestras including the Grammy Award winning WDR Big Band of Cologne as well as the Danish Radio Big Band, Babelsberg Film Orchestra, SWR Radio Big Band of Stuttgart, HR Big Band of Frankfurt and The Symphonic Orchestra of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
What the Press have been saying:
“Onabule is a soul singer of the old school with a commanding presence and a grafting work ethic. His voice has touches of super smoothies George Benson and Al Jarreau as well as the grittier Memphis style and he has a range and elasticity to match his rich tonal qualities.” – Rob Adams, The Herald, Scotland
“The magnetism of his stage presence and his dry humor sealed the deal, marking the difference between a promising performer and one who has well and truly arrived…” – Peace Arch News, Vancouver, Canada
“..a killer voice, and three-octave range at his disposal, Ola is a class act among many lesser, certainly less intelligent, soul-jazz Joes.” – Jazzwise Magazine, London