Ola Onabule | In Emergency, Brake Silence

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In Emergency, Brake Silence

by Ola Onabule

Ola Onabule's fifth album An exciting blend of Soul, Jazz and the complex, infectious rhythms of his African origins. This album has been released in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the US.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Soul Town
5:58 $0.99
2. Parallel Universe
5:11 $0.99
3. Heart of Lead
5:42 $0.99
4. Savoir Faire
4:03 $0.99
5. Thanks
4:48 $0.99
6. Love Affair
3:41 $0.99
7. Going Away
5:09 $0.99
8. Enough
4:26 $0.99
9. Alive Tonight
5:58 $0.99
10. You Can
4:24 $0.99
11. Need To Know
5:11 $0.99
12. Forgiven
5:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
To hear the voice of Ola Onabule in song is to hear a rare sound indeed. Proclaimed by the British music as the "new voice of old soul", it's a seasoned, lived in, soul drenched and well mastered instrument. Often described as "impassioned" and "plaintive". With influences from the greats of soul such as Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder, it would be wrong to think of Ola as merely a vocal talent, as this is not the summit of his abilities. His songwriting is rich in melody, set to complex yet infectious rhythms, tinged with the influence of his African roots. His lyrics are incisive and true without self-consciousness or contrivance, yet tackle subject matter as diverse as social politics and lovelorn heartbreak.

With the show biz work ethic of his idol James Brown, Ola and his band are welded to life on the road and in 2004 they clocked more than a 100 concerts in Britain and Europe. His performances are energetic and engaging, carried off with undeniable sex appeal and stage presence.

Unsurprisingly Ola is fast garnering support in high circles. He has opened and guested for artistes such as Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Diane Reeves, Patti Labelle, Tower of Power, Joe Zawinul and Roy Hargrove. He has collaborated with other Jazz and soul luminaries such as Courtney Pine, as well as celebrated British black theatre - Nitro. In 2003 he was commissed to write an aria by the Royal Opera House (London).

Ola's loyal fan base know they are on to something special, that in Ola they have one of the best kept secrets of the British music scene. Ola's fifth album IN EMERGENCY, BRAKE SILENCE was released in the UK on his Rugged Ram Label in October 2004. It will be released in Germany, Austria, Belgium and France in April 2004

'Highly individual and meaningful music that does not buckle to trends... '(Muzik)

'Epitomises the relentless struggle for a serious talent' (Blues & Soul)

'This is consciousness-raising soul with spiritual redemption as its goal' Metro Magazine

'Words cannot describe what this guy does. I have never seen anyone connect so totally to an audience' (Echoes)

'Slick and gutsy... a great entertainer.. the whole club was dancing, literally.' (The Stage)

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Amazing.Music from the soul.Therapy for the soul.Luv it.
Love this album.I agree with Ladun,they don't write songs like these anymore and a voice like this is so very rare too.
Thanks for putting geniune soul back to music.Keep it real.
I just love SOUL TOWN.WOW!I hope one day soon soul town will be back not just in the music but in our world.Love and understanding,peace and harmony.YOU CAN justs gives me a lot of hope and I find it uplifting for the soul-I just like that part of "Hope sweet hope don't desert me now .....tell me just how good it's about to be cause you can yes you can".My other favourites are GOING AWAY,ALIVE TONIGHT,HEART OF LEAD,FORGIVEN,ENOUGH,PARALLEL UNIVERSE.This is value for money.


Finally, Ola available in the US!
"In Emergency" is another fine Ola Onabule album that provides a good demonstration of both his versatility and his engaging vocal talent. The opening cut, "Soul Town," is a great slice of jazzy soul performed beautifully, and alone would be worth the price of the album. But Onabule follows it nicely through the first five songs, particularly on two strong Frankie Beverly-type cuts, "Thanks" and the passionate "Heart of Lead" (the latter of which has been playing almost non-stop on my iPod during the last week). For Ola Onabule's sizeable fan base in Europe, In Emergency Brake Silence will justifiably be well received as another fine addition to his catalog. For U.S. Soul Music fans new to his music, it is a great introduction to a very talented and unique artist. Highly recommended. [to read entire review, visit http://www.soultracks.com/ola_onabule.htm ]


This is a brilliant album.My favorites songs on this album are Soultown,Alive Tonight and Heart of Lead.I have just downloaded a live version of "Heart of Lead"from Ola's website and it is 12minutes of bliss.I'm so glad that Ola decided to put a live version out(and it's free) because now everyone can hear what those of us who have been priviledged to witness his sweet-wonder on stage.This man deserves a grammy.They don't make them like these anymore.Keep the soul alive.