British-Nigerian Singer/Songwriter Ola Onabulé
to Make U.S. Performance Debut with Three East Coast Dates
Ola Onabulé, a charismatic and sophisticated British-Nigerian singer/songwriter who possesses emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity, is gearing up for his U.S. debut with performances in Washington DC, New York, NY, and Alpharetta, GA. Those who already know Onabulé’s work truly appreciate this powerful performer, his poignant storytelling and capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching lyrical pursuit of truth and justice.
The upcoming performances support his current recording project, It’s the Peace That Deafens, a work that is as much about exploration as it is a declaration of the universal themes of what it is to be human in the 21st century. The recording features 12 evocative songs about identity, reconciliation, and nostalgia. Words, melodies, and rhythms walk a delicate tightrope of paradoxes, born of a childhood and adulthood immersed in two disparate cultures, on two different continents, during two different periods of time.
“Hands-on self sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game,” states Onabulé. “I always felt like the creative parts of song writing, producing, and recording were merely different stages of a single process.”
Onabulé’s songs about love, loss, and the human condition have been performed all over the world with his quartet/quintet as well as with the Grammy® Award-winning WDR Big Band, the SWR Big Band and other symphonic orchestras. It’s the Peace That Deafens features a largely acoustic set uniting jazz, soul, and world influences and marks a departure from the singer/songwriter’s previous two albums.
Onabulé has forged an international career via his relentless program of recordings and concerts. He has appeared at many of the most respected international jazz festivals including Montreal, Vancouver, Istanbul, London, Edmonton, Umbria, as well as concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide. Now, with his introduction to the US, Onabulé’s reputation will continue its global expansion.
Photo Credit: Rene Van Der Voorden
June 11 | The Velvet Note | Apharetta, GA
June 16 | DC Jazz Festival | Washington, DC
June 18 | The Iridium | New York, NY