Sunday, September 1, 2013

Meet Dolapo Ogunwale,One Of The Cast For SARO The Musical.

'DOLAPO OGUNWALE is regarded as "The Voice of Spoken-Word".
She has performed with Grammy nominated Maimuna Youssef of the United States and just recently concluded a mini-tour of Ghana which included a live on-air performance at Ghana's most listened to radio station y107.9fm.

Described by the legendary Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett as "a gift to the stage", she is a phenomenal spoken-word poet. She was selected as a semi-finalist in Endemol's International hit singing talent competition, "Idols West Africa" produced by MNET. Since then she's acted lead roles in sold-out on-stage productions like "Oluronbi: The Musical" and "Fractures," working with stage veterans like Yinka Davies and Jude Orhorha.

On World AIDS Day 2009 she performed at Chevron Nigeria Limited, Lekki, received a standing ovation and was subsequently invited back.

As a guest performer her spoken-word poetry was featured in iRep International Documentary Film Festival, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva’s LAPA Production of “The Naming Ceremony” in 2013, Bogobiri's 10 year anniversary celebration concert and Unilever's top management staff dinner at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki.

She also performed spoken-word at “Conversations with Kaye Whiteman,” which celebrated a British author of a book on Lagos, and at cultural exchange programs in Alliance Francaise, Ibadan.

Among others 'Dolapo has opened for Ghana’s leading songstress, Efya, soft-rock's Ese Peters, toured with internationally acclaimed Beautiful Nubia and introduced to "Industry Nite" audiences by Modenine with the quote "she performs spoken-word like she is 8 feet tall!" She was also selected as guest performer at the event "Ladies First" which celebrated pioneer Nigerian female musicians in Hip-Hop. ‘Dolapo has been featured on several local and international TV channels and radio shows and performed both locally and abroad.

Furthermore, she has been featured in Badilisha Poetry Radio for African poets in Diaspora. She shares her time between performing, working as a TV presenter for EbonyLife TV on the show VVIP and running Inspired Motion Enterprises, a company that packages shea butter products, supplies event vendors and acts as a music agency. She holds a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Lagos.

DOLAPO also known as The Voice of Spoken-Word in Africa is a phenomenon!

A connoisseur of simple words skillfully woven to form lines that pull all senses wherever she chooses to take them. Delivered with a sultry, sonorous voice, 'DOLAPO transfixes all audiences.

Her stage performances are a blend of neo-soul musicality with a percussion based aesthetic, skilfully led by her powerful vocal delivery in both song and word. With this she infuses her original body movements giving the spectator a full round, total theatrical experience.

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