Olalekan Azeez Oduntan was born 26 of May 1964 in Owu Totoro Abeokuta Ogun State of Nigeria. He attended African Church Primary School Owu Totoro Abeokuta. He proceeded to National College Of Commerce in Gbagada Lagos. He is a musician, poet, percussionist, a song writer, playwright and an author. He is also a producer and a researcher. He is a researcher of Apala music, a genre of music known to Yoruba people from South West of Nigeria. Right from his school days in the university, he was taking part in a lot of stage productions with Professors Laz Ekweme, Akin Euba, Joy Nwozu Lo Bamijoko, Bode Osanyin, Uwa Hunwick and Alaja Brown. He plays an African wooden xylophone. He has written two stage plays ODUN IFA and ODARA. He has written three books namely ODARA, VENGEANCE and REVELATION OF OUR DREAMS. He has done soundtracks for a lot of stage productions and films, like SANGO (The legendary African King) THE MASK OF MULUMBA, THE AMAZONS OF AFRICA and a host of others. He has participated in stage plays like Chartered Bridge, Omo Odo, The Trials Of Brother Jero, The Link, Comrade and Voltage, Obaseki, Lion and the Jewel, The gods are not to blame, Ogbanje etc. He took part in recording some albums for Decca Records with Professor Joy Nwozu's band in those days. He was a member of THE ELEKOTOS, a group by Professor Akin Euba that did a lot of shows for television stations and even some recorded albums in Lagos, Nigeria. He was a member of a group of percussionists called RUB with people like Late Ede Nwigwe, Daniel Koranteng, Akeem Anishere and Abu Lo Bamijoko.
And the group called RUB was entertaining the people within Nigeria and abroad. He also took part in the JAZZHOLE PROJECT involving Ras Kimono and Kayode Olajide and he contributed a track entitled BABAWA to the project. He has traveled within Nigeria and abroad. He took part in Femi Lasode's movie entitled "The Treasure Map" and he played the role of Sharman in the film. Olalekan Azeez Oduntan is a multi-talented individual. Some years back, he did an album entitled LET US DANCE with Afrika 'N Vogue music recording company and the album consists of tracks like Okiki, Aye, Nigeria, Neo-colonialism, Enu, Abeokuta, Oya Oriri, Let Us Dance and Obafemi Lasode. He has done three albums namely "Abracadabra", "Mama Afrika" and "Afrikan Jazz" after that project and the fourth album project entitled "The Message" is about to be released.
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