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Love

12 tracks

Against

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Everything

11 tracks

Myself

9 tracks

The Years

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Behind the scenes
25 photos
Ola in news
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Live concert
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Ola in news
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photos by fans
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the studio
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on red carpet
49 photos
during live concert
32 photos
fashion show
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the fans
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party with friends
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during live concert
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performing live!

starts tour

June 5th 2019
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Ola tours

all tours this year
Date
 
Location
Venue
Notes
Tickets
10/10/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
vIP Offers Sold Out
10/11/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
with Emblem3
15/11/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
with Emblem3
20/11/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
vIP Offers Sold Out
25/11/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
with Emblem3
30/11/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
vIP Offers Sold Out
1/12/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
with Emblem3
10/12/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
vIP Offers Sold Out
15/12/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
with Emblem3
20/12/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
vIP Offers Sold Out
25/12/14
Cape Town Joy of Jazz
Cape Town
vIP Offers Sold Out

The band

band biography

My amazing story

how I came to be so famous.

Nigerian musician Adetola Olaiya Aina, 35, is one of the admirers of South African jazz and he has found a new home in Rustenburg, North West province. Born into a musical family, he sang in the church choir and, in his teen years, played the flute in marching bands. But as he grew up he realised that the instrument wasn’t offering him the musical fulfilment he wanted. “I later switched to a trumpet but my playing didn’t find resonance with my surroundings in Lagos,” he says. “The country is steeped in highlife and I was searching for a more jazzy sound.”

Inspired by the music of illustrious saxophonists such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Fela Kuti, Dave Koz and Kirk Whalum, he switched to a saxophone. “Fela has always been an inspiration to me and generations of other Nigerian musicians. When I decided to switch to a sax, I locked myself in a room for two weeks practising. It was a unique and fulfilling experience.”

He is proficient in soprano, alto and tenor and says when he decided to come to South Africa in 2006, he only had one saxophone and the equivalent of R10 in his pocket. “But I was determined to succeed against all odds and to make my dreams a reality. I realised that although back home I was into jazz through American artists, South Africa was the place where a young saxophonist could tap into its rich jazz heritage. I’m also impressed by the fact that the country is blessed with a vibrant live jazz scene.”

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