OLAYIMIKA COLE


  



Olayimika Cole
British-Nigerian born composer, Olayimika Cole, released her debut album in 2014. The album entitled: L’lfe has received critical acclaim following its debut at the DC Jazz Festival and DC’s legendary Blues Alley venue. L’Ife has been submitted to the 57th Grammys as Best Vocal Jazz Album and has received noteworthy praise from numerous quarters including the international music great, Herbie Hancock who wrote: “I love what she says about her approach to music and life.” Cole, a composer who is new to musical composition and jazz, started writing melodies and lyrics in 2012. Songs came to her after immersing herself in the live music scene of the Nation’s Capital. It is here that she learned how to fully appreciate the music’s deeper and richer meaning. She absorbed the music of John Coltrane, Billy Strayhorn, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Fela and so many others who have become instrumental in her artistry. She made a study of music learning from mentors such as: Fred Foss; Dwayne Adell; David Ornette Cherry; Rene McLean and, David Pothier. What started as a few songs soon developed into the largest assembly of DC’s talent with some 25 leading artists contributing to one single jazz album. Cole’s music embraces jazz and extends to Rock, R&B, Afrobeat and a new hybrid she calls ‘Afro-Hip’. Cole has added new standards in doing so.


Cole‘s work is attracting noteworthy attention. For example, the Washington City Paper states: “L’lfe is the product of a serious talent.” The paper continues: “L’Ife unveils a remarkable new composer in Cole.” And commenting on ‘Montreal’ – a song written as a tribute to Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole – and a new song for Canada, Oscar Peterson’s wife, Kelly Peterson says: “Lovely. Thank you Olayimika.”

 

L'Ife is an unlikely yet stunning debut. Cole says: “The album was written a time of great personal challenges and the songs gave me a new channel to direct my impressions about life while honoring the Greats. Through song, I was able to see more of the many colors of life and the real city of DC, a place where I have lived for over a decade.”

 

To add further intrigue, it was only after the passing of her father that she found that he would play jazz and other music to her while she was an infant but he put aside his collection during her infancy. The bittersweet song L’Ife, which is a tribute to her father, embraces the ancient thought that Yoruba life began in a place called ‘Ile Ife’ in South western Nigeria.

 

Cole grew up in London, a city with a vibrant and diverse music scene which underpins the breadth of her musical range. In London, she listened to the Top 40 charts and artists such as Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Queen but her record collection never amassed to more than ten albums despite living near Portobello Market in London’s Notting Hill. At that time, there was not an ambition to write music; instead she had a passion for community work, theater, film and law. Fast forward to 2012 and Cole’s passion for L’Ife is fully released with an album whose sound maintains its own vibe throughout. Cole has produced each track and thoughtfully selected all her vocalists, who lend their tones and textures to reveal the heart of the composer who wrote these romantic, and at times painful, surreal and real songs.

 

www.olajazz.com

 

“I love what she says about her approach to music and life.”   Herbie Hancock

 

“L’Ife unveils a remarkable new composer in Cole.”   WashingtonCity Paper

 

“Just marvelous”   Rusty Hassan, WPFW 89.3FM Radio

 

“A Great CD”  Ellen Carter, Blog Talk Radio


Cole‘s work is attracting noteworthy attention. For example, the Washington City Paper states: “L’lfe is the product of a serious talent.” The paper continues: “L’Ife unveils a remarkable new composer in Cole.” And commenting on ‘Montreal’ – a song written as a tribute to Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole – and a new song for Canada, Oscar Peterson’s wife, Kelly Peterson says: “Lovely. Thank you Olayimika.”   L'Ife is an unlikely yet stunning debut. Cole says: “The album was written a time of great personal challenges and the songs gave me a new channel to direct my impressions about life while honoring the Greats. Through song, I was able to see more of the many colors of life and the real city of DC, a place where I have lived for over a decade.” To add further intrigue, it was only after the passing of her father that she found that he would play jazz and other music to her while she was an infant but he put aside his collection during her infancy. The bittersweet song L’Ife, which is a tribute to her father, embraces the ancient thought that Yoruba life began in a place called ‘Ile Ife’ in South western Nigeria. Cole grew up in London, a city with a vibrant and diverse music scene which underpins the breadth of her musical range. In London, she listened to the Top 40 charts and artists such as Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Queen but her record collection never amassed to more than ten albums – despite living near Portobello Market in London’s Notting Hill. At that time, there was not an ambition to write music; instead she had a passion for community work, theater, film and law. Fast forward to 2012 and Cole’s passion for L’Ife is fully released with an album whose sound maintains its own vibe throughout. Cole has produced each track and thoughtfully selected all her vocalists, who lend their tones and textures to reveal the heart of the composer who wrote these romantic, and at times painful, surreal and real songs www.olajazz.com “I love what she says about her approach to music and life.” Herbie Hancock “L’Ife unveils a remarkable new composer in Cole.” Washington City Paper “Just marvelous” Rusty Hassan, WPFW 89.3FM Radio “A Great CD” Ellen Carter, Blog Talk Radio