Olalekan Azeez Oduntan aka OlaleOne was born (26/05/1964). He is a Song Writer, Composer, Griot, Xylophonist, Percussionist and an Entrepreneur. He started his artistic carrier at age twelve gathering his peers together back then and teaching them drama and music with his little level of understanding and knowledge. It was also at that young age that he was reciting poetry for Nigerian Radio and Television stations. He used to travel from Lagos to other states of Nigeria to recite poetry at the weddings, burials and coronation ceremonies depending on the invites.
|OlaleOne with his Xylophone|
After his secondary education, he joined the then Center for Cultural Studies University of Lagos, Nigeria as an associate member (now Creative Art Department) taking part in drama, music and cultural productions. It was there that he met the late Professor Akin Euba who was the head of the Center. He performed in the Professor's Band called Akin Euba and the Elekotos. Series of programmes were recorded for radio and television by the band and some albums were recorded too. Because the Cultural Studies was a place of learning, he was also participating in stage drama productions by Professors Bode Osanyin and Uwa Hunwick. It was there that he learnt how to play the Xylophone from Nigerian ace Xylophonist Late Ede Nwigwe. An instrument he plays so well today.
Also at this department, he met and performed with Music Professors like Laz Ekwemen, Alaja Brown and Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko. He was a member of Joy Nwosu's band that was performing all over Nigeria and within the University of Lagos back then. And Joy Nwosu's band also recorded some albums for Decca Records. He was the Xylophonist for the band. He has done sound tracks for stage and movie productions.
OlaleOne recorded his very first album in the year 2014 entitled Abracadabra. The album consists 6 tracks like Abracadabra, Orente, Iyawo, Ore, Orente Instrumental and Ore Acappella. The album shows the musical prowess and dexterity of his capability to handle different genres of music at the same time. And the track Orente topped the Reverbnation Nigerian Afro Hip hop Chart as #1 for more than four times that year. And thereafter, it started shuttling between #1 and #3 on that same Reverbnation Chart.
He dropped another 6 tracker album number two in 2016 entitled Mama Afrika. The album consists of tracks like Mama Afrika, Peace Song, Ojumo Mo, Enu, Ololufemi and Peju Sweetie. Again, the track Peace Song has been topping the Reverberation Nigerian Afro Hiphop Chart as #1 for the past four years. At a time in between those years, Peace Song nearly topped the world music chart!!! Because it was either #100 or #120 in the world chart. Presently, the track Peace Song is currently in #2 on Reverbnation Afro Hip hop Nigerian Chart.
OlaleOne's number three album was dropped in 2018 entitled Afrikan Jazz. This project involves the Afrikan wooden Xylophone leading other western instruments to make good music. And the project is very successful. It is musical marriage of the local instrument and modern musical instruments like guitar, keyboard etc coming together to make rhythmic sound but the local instrument Xylophone dominating the whole musical arrangement. The album consists of 6 tracks like Nnenekwo, Dedebi, Ayangayanga, Akoi Wata Geri, Ero Oja Olowo and Olusegun. This musical project is completely instrumental and that is why it is being referred to as Afrikan Jazz.
OlaleOne's fourth album was just released three weeks ago. It is a musical project put together during the stay at home Pandemic Covid-19 period. The album is entitled The Message and it consists of 6 tracks like The Message, Omolara Babie, Eko Ile, Aye, Shake Ur Body and Ina Fe e Ran. Just as the title of the album implies, the whole tracks of the album are all loaded with messages. In the album, the musician deals with issues affecting the world at large and our society in general. The album, the message is indeed a musical message for this messed age!!!
Title Album Details
Abracadabra Released 8 March 2014
Mama Afrika Released 6 December 2016
Afrikan Jazz Released 4 June 2018
The Message Released 8 September2020