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Olayimika Cole | L'Ife

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by Olayimika Cole

Fresh and bold new compositions--Introducing new standards to the music of Jazz and all her extensions.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Montreal
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2. Journey of You
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3. Beauty
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4. Because I Loved You
4:05 $0.99
5. Coffee Shop
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6. Highly Contagious
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7. Mama's Song
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8. In My Lower Room
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9. Musos
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10. Sweet Smile
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11. Adore
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12. I Don't Know
3:07 $0.99
13. Mr. Hennessy
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14. Energy (Afro Hip Version)
4:43 $0.99
15. Energy (Orchestra of African Rhythms Version)
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16. L'Ife
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Album Notes
The new L'Ife album debuts new compositions by Olayimika Cole. Seeking to write new standards by "Dancing on a Pyramid .... Moving to the Monument", the music is cross cultural and cross generational. Straight Ahead, Bossa, Soca, Rock, R&B, and introducing a new genre...Afro Hip! The music of Jazz, and all of her extensions. With Tributes to Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum , Fela and more!...

Featuring an outstanding line up of award winning musicians Kush Abadey, Kiyem Ade, Adejoke, Tosin Aribisala,
Herman Burney, David Ornette Cherry, Sharon Clark, Myrna Clayton, Christie Dashiell, CV Dashiell, Femi Elias, Noble Jolley,
Allyn Johnson, James King, Lyle Link, Samir Moulay, Musos, Okechukwu, Quincy Phillips, Sam Prather, Victor Provost, Lori Williams and JS Williams. A showcase of some of the tremendous talent in the Washington DC area.

Extracts from the L'Ife Notes
Yoruba culture speaks of the origin of life as a place--Ile Ife. L'ife embraces that ancient thought. My collection of songs presents different aspects of life. I am new to the music of Jazz, but not new to hearing it being played. My father passed away in 2013. He was unforgettable. My mother shared me with stories after his passing. My father would play Jazz and other music while I was still in the crib and put aside his collection when I could talk. But it would not be until later on that my interest in the music would ignite and place me on a journey. At the time, I was one of the organizers of a church new Jazz concert night and coined the name, Jazz@Wesley. Trying to find out more, I went to Westminster Church , and found that the music that I saw as "cool" had much a deeper meaning and richer history. Walking off the bandstand was a man called Fred Foss, one of the finest saxophonists and also one of the hippest cats and mentors you'd ever hope to meet. "So, what do you know about Jazz?" he inquired. "Nothing" I responded. "Don't you think you should learn something about it?" That was a wake up question. And so I did....

I began to immerse myself in the music. Live music in the various Jazz venues became my music school. And I listened to the finest radio station in DC which also is a Jazz station, WPFW 89.3FM. I did a stint as guest host on the Luke Stewart show and interviewed the gifted Kris Funn and his father Charles Funn. When I mentioned reservations about doing an album, Mr. Funn told me to continue doing exactly what I was doing. This was later echoed by David Ornette Cherry who said that I was going to be a songwriter and singer. Family members also expressed support. Sometimes, sincere words of encouragement when you are going through challenging times, is just enough to build a golden bridge for dreams....

So, you can imagine my wonder, that in the same year, I would meet Freddy Cole, hear back from Oscar Peterson's wife, Kelly Peterson, and find out that my much understated father went to school with ...Fela. And speaking of Fela, when Jazz left the shores of West Africa in such a disturbing way and entered to the new Diaspora, trust Fela to bring it back to Nigeria 360 degrees, Afrobeat Style! I'm calling this music Afro Hip! And so from “dancing on a pyramid and moving to the monument”, as a London Nigerian, now living in DC...the symmetry of life, and all her co-incidences becomes clear.




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