Ola Onabulé (Nigeria/UK)
A charismatic and sophisticated artist and entertainer. Ola's compelling performances possess an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity that is second to none. Audiences cherish this powerful storyteller and his capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching pursuit of truth and justice. Ola Onabulé epitomizes a move towards hearty, sustaining music, made by artisans with a commitment to quality, integrity and authenticity.
Onabulé has forged an international career via his relentless program of recordings and concerts. Appearances at many of the most respected international jazz festivals that include main stages of Montreal, Vancouver, Istanbul, London, Edmonton, Umbria as well as concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide ensuring that Onabulé's reputation continues to be cemented with audiences globally. Onabulé's songs about love, loss and the human condition have been performed all over the world with His quartet/quintet as well as appearances with much larger ensembles of big bands and symphonic orchestras. These include several projects with the Grammy winning WDR Big Band of Cologne, the SWR Big Band of Stuttgart, the HR Big Band of Frankfurt, Danish Radio Big Band, Copenhagen and Babelsberg Film Orchestra. Performances further afield with Big Band Jazz Y Mexico in Mexico City and Orquestra Symphonica of San Luis Potosi in Mexico.
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 songwriting, producing and recording were merely different stages of a single process". This ethos has led to endorsements with some of the world's leading specialists, including a rare endorsement from legendary microphone company Neumann of Berlin and ACS Custom (UK), Reference Laboratory (Italy) and Hazelrigg Industries (US). Technical support of this kind has given Ola new possibilities in the production and recording of his latest album PointLess.