INTRODUCING: OLALEONE

Olalekan Azeez Oduntan was born 26 of May 1964 in Owu Totoro Abeokuta Ogun State.

He is a gemini. He attended African Church Primary School Owu Totoro Abeokuta. He proceeded to National College of Commerce in Gbagada Lagos.

A musician, poet, percussionist, a song writer, playwright and an author. He is also a producer and a researcher.

He is a researcher of Apala music, a genre of music known to Yoruba people from South West of Nigeria.

Right from his school days in the university, he was taking part in a lot of stage productions with Professors Laz Ekuweme, Akin Euba, Joy Nwozu Lo Bamijoko, Bode Osanyin, Uwa Hunwick and Alaja Brown.

Olaleone plays an African wooden xylophone. He has written three books and they are ODARA, VENGEANCE and REVELATION OF OUR DREAMS. He has also written two stage plays entitled OLORUN ESAN and ODUN IFA.

He did soundtracks for a number of stage productions and films; SANGO (The Legendary African King), THE MASK OF MULUMBA, THE AMAZONS OF AFRICA and a host of others.

He has participated in stage plays like Shattered Bridge, Omo odo, The Trials Of Brother Jero, The Link, Comrade and Voltage, Obaseki, Lion and the Jewel, The Gods Are Not To Blame, Ogbanje etc.

Olaleone also took part in recording some albums for Decca Records with Professor Joy Nwosu Lo Bamijoko.

He was a member of the ELEKOTOS, a group by Professor Akin Euba that did a lot of shows for television and even some albums.

He was a member of a group of percussionists called RHYTHM UNIT BAND (RUB) with people like Late Ede Nwigwe, Daniel Koranteng, Akeem Anishere and Abu Lo Bamijoko. And the group was entertaining the people within Nigeria and abroad.

Olaleone took part in the JAZZ HOLE MUSIC PROJECT involving Ras Kimono and Kayode Olajide and he contributed a track entitled BABA WA.

He has traveled within Nigeria and outside Nigeria. He is currently on location of the film “The Stolen Treasures”.

Some years ago, Olaleone released an album, entitled, “LET US DANCE”, and the album consists of tracks like Okiki, Aye, Nigeria, Neocolonialism, Enu, Abeokuta, Oya Oriri, Let Us Dance and Obafemi Lasode.

Olale one is currently working on another fresh, inspiring album. So watch out for him.