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Ola Onabule explores society's power imbalance on new album / BBC: Focus On Africa

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Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabulé's meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.  

Point Less, is a follow up to Onabulé's last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an activist's call - at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabulé is rueful yet optimistic.

The issue of the powerful and the powerless, 'Pointless', explores society's inequalities – a progression from his past work which had focused more on the complexities of his British-Nigerian identity. Onabule came in to the Focus on Africa studio to speak with presenter Bola Mosuro.

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