Ola Onabule’s distinct and highly identifiable style unites jazz, soul and world music. A superb singer-songwriter with wonderful timing and impressive vocal range leading to appearances at some of the most respected festival stages, concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide
Ola Onabule’s 8th album “It’s The Peace That Deafens” marks a departure from his previous two releases featuring a largely acoustic set uniting Jazz, Soul and World Music influences. 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.
“Onabule has a charisma and vocal elegance that makes it really a novelty in the world of male voices in jazz … a voice that can do what he wants but he chooses time after time what to do” Umbria Jazz Festival 2016, Tuttoggi
“Ola’s voice and vocal range is difficult to define. Often it twists and turns at every step, alternating as the music takes a new and unexpected direction. This gives a thrilling edge to his performance” Royal Albert Hall Shows, Oct 2015
“This record is a substantial convergence of introspection, dedication, and talent, showcasing a consummate performer at the crest of his craft” James Nadal, All About Jazz 2016
“A superb blend of raw rhythms from his African background, among other sources, and super-sophisticated, highly developed jazz-soul singing and songwriting” Rob Adams, Glasgow Herald 2016
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Editor’s note: Read our September 20th article and listen to my podcast interview to gain a truly fascinating insight on this talented musical bard.