Slow food: the movement arose from a feeling that what we were being fed was losing its ability to properly nourish and nurture people. Food had simply become a commodity with vital nutrients being lost in the pursuit of profit. If such a ‘slow’ movement was to be applied to the Music Industry, then Ola Onabulé surely epitomizes a move towards hearty, sustaining music, made by artisans with a commitment to quality, integrity and real flavor. Musical soul food!
Onabulé will be returning to London for the first time this year since his shows at The Royal Albert Hall with Diana Krall at the back end of 2015. Two new shows are scheduled for the 23rd and 24th of November within the intimate space of the St. James Theatre in Westminster, Central London – will represent a unique opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with one of the world’s finest vocal talents.
Appearances at many of the most respected international festivals and concert halls have ensured that Ola Onabule’s reputation continues to be cemented with audiences, globally. Ola’s recent appearance on the main stage of Umbria Jazz Festival, alongside such greats as Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield amongst others. elicited tremendous critical acclaim from the discerning press that gather at one the most important jazz festivals in Europe.
Both of the upcoming shows at the St James Theatre will be captured for posterity utilizing Neumann and Sennheiser’s innovative digital microphone technology. Digital microphones offer unparalleled audio quality and will result in the removal of one more veil between the artist, the musicians and the audience.
For the uninitiated, Ola is a charismatic and sophisticated entertainer possessing an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity accompanied by poignant storytelling. Those that already know Ola’s work truly appreciate this powerful performer and his capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching and lyrical pursuit of truth and justice. Over the years, Ola has forged an international career via his relentless program of recordings and concerts. 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”.
Ola Onabulé’s 8th album ‘It’s the Peace That Deafens’ contains 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 during two different periods of time. Ola recently shared the view that “It’s The Peace That Deafens” is as much a work of exploration as it is a declaration.
Offering sublime musical content and state of the art sound capture, for any true musical soul food lover, the upcoming St. James Theatre shows will be essential performances; not to be missed!.
Venue: St. James Theatre
Dates: 23rd and 24th November 2016
Address: 12 Palace Street | London | SW1E 5JA
Telephone: 0844 264 2140