British-Nigerian singer and songwriter Ola Onabule has released a new album, Soul Encounter, following his recent collaboration with German radio orchestra, the SWR Big Band.
Featuring new arrangements of nine songs drawn from across Onabule’s extensive career, the album follows the singer’s acclaimed 2019 concept album, Point Less and was recorded in the Grammy-nominated SWR Big Band’s home in Stuttgart.
The featured track, Soul Town originally appeared on Onabule’s 2004 album, In Emergency, Brake Silence and has since become a modern soul classic. It came to major prominence in 2015 when Disco Soul Gold re-released a remix and it went on to occupy the Number One position on charts including the UK Soul Chart, Amazon and Sweet Rhythm.
Soul Encounter follows a sustained period of working with big bands across the world for Onabule and includes the recent single Every Prey and dynamic new versions of Onabule favourites Swinging Wide and Be A Man, from his Seven Shades Darker album.
Ola Onabule (publicity photo)