M meets: Ola Onabule part one

Ola Onabule is a British soul singer and songwriter who is now on his seventh studio album – Seven Shades Darker. Seven albums is an amazing feat in itself, made all the more remarkable by the fact that Ola has done it all himself – releasing his music on his own Rugged Ram label.

Seven Shades Darker showcases Ola’s lyrical sensibility which is attuned to the issues that concern us today – whether personal or wider social concerns. Ola describes his music by saying: ‘Though my music is of a different idiom, I write with the heart of a folk songwriter and the desire for my lyrics to be heard and read.’.

Watch the first part of M’s interview with Ola before witnessing a jaw-dropping performance of his song Sanctuary, which is not to be missed.