Irewole Samuel Oni

Yamaha MONTAGE Promotion Video by Wole Oni


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Irewole Samuel Oni, better known by his stage name Wole Oni, who is a United Nations International Ambassador for Peace, is a jazz musician, synthesizer and Multi-award winning music producer who has also distinguished himself in the Nigerian Music terrain especially in the area of Keyboard playing.

He started playing music at the tender age of seven, with the bass guitar as his first musical instrument but later learnt how to play the Keyboard. He graduated as an organist in his father’s church in Akure Ondo state and has remained in music ever since. Today he has become a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian music industry having produced well over 7,000 songs, both within Nigeria and the international circuits. He has recorded several notable hit songs such as ‘Olomi’ (Tosin Martins), Igwe (Midnight Crew), ‘If It A’int’ (Silver Saddih), ‘Hallelujah’ & ‘Ijoba Orun’ (Lara George) and the centenary Theme Song, `mama peace etc.

As a seasoned and talented pianist, Wole has been in the jazz and classical music scene in Nigeria for decades. He has been privileged to share music platform with many great musicians such as Yinka Davies, Brycee Bassey, Sammie Okposo to mention just a few. The founder of Jazzville (Mr. Muyiwa Majekodunmi) extolled the virtues of Wole Oni and described him as having a rare but astonishing talent. His musical influence as a Keyboardist came mostly from his parents, as music was part of his upbringing. His father used to play the organ and his mother was a singer in the church choir. This inspired him to go into music production.

Wole Oni documents the secret of his successes over the years in the word narration of his first single “Cover me Lord”, and attempts to pass that information across, the motive being to give back to anyone who is willing to listen. Wole Oni says “My Source” has always been God, and His mercy and grace alone has been my cover.